Posts Tagged ‘Boston Celtics’

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1960s


VIDEO: Wilt Chamberlain became a dominant NBA force in the 1960s

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 1960s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1960s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1970s!

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of 1960s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of 1940-50s


VIDEO: Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: Best Teams of 1940-50s

This week we start our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1940s and 1950s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1960s!

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of 1940-50s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

No. 13 – Champs aplenty in this class

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Otis Thorpe and Hakeem Olajuwon

Otis Thorpe (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon won a title together in 1994.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Tony Campbell, Jerome Kersey, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Providence (Thorpe), Michigan State (Willis), Ohio State (Campbell), Longwood (Kersey), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 9th overall by Kansas City Kings (Thorpe), 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks (Willis), 20th overall by Detroit Pistons (Campbell), 46th overall by Portland Trail Blazers (Kersey), 70th overall by Boston Celtics (Carlisle)

Draft fact: Players from the 1984 Draft combined to win 13 NBA championships. Here’s the breakdown: Michael Jordan (six championships), Hakeem Olajuwon (two), Otis Thorpe (one), Kevin Willis (one), Tony Campbell (one), Jerome Kersey (one) and Rick Carlisle (one).


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon guides the Houston Rockets to the 1995 championship

We’re just 13 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 57 – Carlisle shines as NBA coach

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle led the Mavs to the 2011 championship.

Name: Rick Carlisle

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Birthday: Oct. 27, 1959

College: Virginia

Drafted in 1984: 70th overall (No. 23 in third round) by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: Rick Carlisle, the 70th player selected in the 1984 Draft, has enjoyed a successful NBA coaching career. During the 2010-11 season, Carlisle led the Dallas Mavericks to a 57-win regular season en route to Dallas collecting its first NBA championship. He has 569 wins as an NBA coach and was Coach of the Year in 2001-02 with the Detroit Pistons.


VIDEO: Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks lock up the 2011 championship

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No. 62 – Champs close out ’84 Draft

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Name: Dan Trant

College: Clark University

Drafted in 1984: 61st overall (No. 14 in third round) by Dallas Mavericks

Draft fact: After winning 62 games in 1983-84, the Boston Celtics had the NBA’s best record and, as such, the last pick in every round of the 1984 Draft. They used the final pick in the festivities, No. 228 overall, to select Dan Trant of Clark University.

We’re just 62 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 70 — Carlisle achieves NBA milestone

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of The84Draft on NBA TV.

Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle won an NBA title with the 1986 Celtics.

Name: Rick Carlisle

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

Birthday: Oct. 27, 1959

College: Virginia

Drafted in 1984: 70th overall (No. 23 in third round) by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: Rick Carlisle, the 70th overall pick in 1984, was the only member of that class to win an NBA title as a player (with the Celtics in 1986) and as a coach (with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011).


VIDEO: Rick Carlisle talks after the Mavs secure the 2011 NBA championship

We’re just 70 hours away from The84Draft on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

Throwback Thursday: NBA’s three-peat teams


VIDEO: The Lakers wrap up their three-peat in 2002

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: The NBA’s three-peats

As the 2014 Finals approach and the Miami Heat look for a three-peat, we decided to take a look back this week at the teams in NBA history to complete this monumental task.

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Gallery: TBT: The NBA’s three-peat teams

Which three-peat run do you remember most? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: First round series to go seven


VIDEO: The Bulls and Celtics square off in an epic 2009 first-round series

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: First round series to go seven games

The NBA Playoffs are a magical time in the basketball universe as every game matters and each player gives it their all.

To honor the playoffs, this Thursday we look back at the 14 first-round series to go the full seven games (the first round expanded from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format in 2003). Hopefully this year’s playoffs provide similar dramatics.

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Gallery: Throwback Thursday: First Round Series to Go Seven

Which of these was your favorite series? Leave your comments below!

Rajon Rondo debuts as TV analyst

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As Celtics guard Rajon Rondo continues his comeback from last season’s knee injury, he still is building up his strength and endurance, so he still sits out the occasional second game of back-to-back games. Last night the Celtics had the second game of a back-to-back against Chicago. But instead of staying home, Rondo decided to try watching from the TV broadcast booth, as he spent the first half of the game working as a color analyst. (Benny the Bull was thrilled to see him.) Pretty cool to hear him explain plays and the thought behind the play design…


VIDEO: Rondo as analyst

(via SLAM)

Do Sleeved Jerseys Help Shooting?

Miami Heat  v San Antonio Spurs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week, after the Miami Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James was not happy. He finished the game shooting 6-of-18 from the field, and he had one immediate suggestion for his poor shooting night.

“I’m not making excuses, but I’m not a big fan of the jerseys,” LeBron said. “Every time I shoot it feels like it’s just pulling right up underneath my arm. I already don’t have much room for error on my jump shot. It’s definitely not a good thing.”

(His teammate, Dwyane Wade, had a different response: “It ain’t the reason we lost. You’re just not used to it. They [the Spurs] didn’t have a problem with it. It is what it is. Let’s not make this about a jersey, please. We got our butts kicked. That’s it.”)

Ever since the NBA introduced sleeved jerseys last season, response seems to fall on both sides. Both players and fans have been vocal about their feelings — some love them, some hate them. Although as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said at the All-Star Game, “From a fan standpoint, the greatest indicator is how are they selling, and I’ll say we’re having trouble keeping them in the stores. There’s enormous demand for those jerseys. Fans like them and I happen to like them, too.”

LeBron may not enjoy wearing them, but perhaps LeBron is the outlier here? While King James says he hasn’t been as successful in the sleeves, according to statistician Ed Kupfer, who works with the Houston Rockets, teams wearing sleeved jerseys have on the whole shot better than teams in tank tops.

Kupfer later clarified that this was eFG%, or “effective field goal percentage,” which basically factors in that three-pointers are worth more than two pointers. (Here’s an explanation.)

But even in raw numbers, three-point percentages seem to be up while wearing sleeves…

And sure, I understand that we’re dealing with a much smaller sample size here when it comes to the sleeved jerseys, but numbers never lie, right? Or maybe they do?

Either way, perhaps there are some players who are just beyond sleeves…


VIDEO: Bird in 1988

(via B/R)