Posts Tagged ‘Boston Celtics’

Thaddeus Young invents new form of rookie hazing for Andrew Wiggins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve officially reached that time in the season when the players are ready for a vacation and can’t wait for the All-Star break. So how do they deal with that ennui? For some veterans, it seems like this is when they start picking on the rookies, from Philadelphia all the way to Los Angeles.

But it’s not just on the coasts. Check out this video from the last night’s postgame interview session in Minnesota, where the T-Wolves beat the Celtics 110-98. When it was Andrew Wiggins‘ time to talk, veteran forward Thaddeus Young couldn’t let him go unscathed…


VIDEO: Wiggins interview

Big Baby Davis dances like nobody’s watching

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just last week we saw Andre Drummond get his groove on during an interview. But what if an NBA player decided to get funky during an actual game?

Reddit user “kylepg” posted this terrific vid of Clippers forward Glen Davis in a game against the Celtics taking a midrange jumper and trying to use body his language to help the shot drop. Except here, with some creative editing and a great musical selection, it looks almost as if Big Baby decided to just make it funky out here…

(via r/NBA)

Throwback Thursday: Best NBA Teams Of All-Time


VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s Top 10 Plays – 1996

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 TBT topic: NBA’s Best Teams

On January 8, 1997, the NBA announced the Top 10 Teams in NBA history as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. The list was created by members of the media and presented without ranking.

Top 10 Teams Of All-Time

1964-65 Boston Celtics
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers
1969-70 New York Knicks
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers
1985-86 Boston Celtics
1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
1988-89 Detroit Pistons
1991-92 Chicago Bulls
1995-96 Chicago Bulls

To honor this historic group of teams, we look back at the best teams from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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


Gallery: Best Teams – 1960s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1970s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1980s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1990s 

Who do you think is the best team of all-time? Should a team after 1997 be included in the top 10? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or leave a comment below.

Benny the Bull steals Celtics fan’s girlfriend

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s anything we’ve learned from closely watching NBA mascots through the years, it’s that you never want to mess with Benny the Bull. Which may explain the passive reaction we see from the Celtics fan in the video below. During the “kiss cam” segment during this weekend’s Bulls/Celtics game, the camera landed on two Celtics fans (who may or may not have been planted there just for this purpose) just long enough for Benny the Bull to step in and steal her heart.


VIDEO: Benny’s Steal

(via B/R)

The time Kevin Garnett arm wrestled Big Baby Davis

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Brooklyn Nets center Kevin Garnett is famously one of the NBA’s most intense players — known for his ability to focus so deeply that it can devolve into things like headbutting the basket support or even (very occasionally) perhaps attempting to take a chunk out of an opponent.

KG is also intensely private, mostly eschewing interviews and photoshoots in favor of keeping a low profile off the court. But thank goodness for Brian Scalabrine, KG’s former teammate in Boston who did a spot on Fox Sports the other night and told a tale about a team flight where Garnett and Glen “Big Baby” Davis squared off in an arm wrestling contest for the ages.


VIDEO: KG vs Big Baby

(via TNLP)

Flying the Green skies


VIDEO: Jeff Green’s dunks

As NBA legend Tommy Heinsohn called the Celtics-Suns game last night, one could argue that he might have caught a slight glimpse of Celtics past. Now, in no way are we comparing this current Celtics group to that of Heinsohn’s championship heyday. But, as was prevalent during those winning days of the 60s, the Boston fast break (23 points on the night) was in full effect.

And Jeff Green was the man with the finishing plan.

His fast break dunk package had it all: soaring grace, a two-handed slam off a sweet Rajon Rondo feed and a DIY facial on Marcus Morris.

Although Phoenix picked up the 118-114 win, the sky had quite a Green tint to it.

 

Throwback Thursday: Classic ring ceremonies


VIDEO: Relive the San Antonio Spurs’ 2014 championship ring ceremony

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: Classic Ring Ceremonies

Opening night in the NBA is reason to celebrate in and of itself, but for the team that won the title the season before, it takes on special meaning. Last season’s NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, got their championship rings on Tuesday night before their home (and season) opening game against the Dallas Mavericks.

With that in mind, we take a look back today at some great ring ceremony moments from throughout NBA history.

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


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Classic Ring Ceremonies

Got a favorite ring ceremony memory or anything else to share on Throwback Thursday? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit for NBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

 

Throwback Thursday: Kevin McHale debuts


VIDEO: Relive Kevin McHale’s Hall of Fame career

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: Kevin McHale’s NBA debut

In 1980, then-Boston Celtics president Red Auerbach knew how to make his team into a contender — even after it had boasted Larry Bird on the roster for a season.

Before the 1980 Draft, Auerbach engineered a blockbuster trade that shaped a dynasty as Boston traded its No. 1 pick and a later 1980 first-round pick to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick and a young center named Robert Parish. Then, after Golden State selected Joe Barry Carroll at No. 1 and Utah took Darrell Griffith at No. 2, Auerbach added Kevin McHale and Boston’s “Big Three” of the decade was born.

Today, we take a look back at McHale’s career, which began on this date in 1980. Upon the conclusion of his NBA days, McHale was a seven-time All-Star, a two-time Sixth Man of the Year, a three-time NBA champion and a Hall of Famer.


Gallery: Kevin McHale’s storied NBA career

What’s your favorite Kevin McHale memory? Leave your comments below!

MUSCLEWATCH 2014 (Update 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a Friday in the fall, which means it’s time for…wait for it…MUSCLEWATCH!

What, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? I really hope by now you’re not still asking that question. But basically, it stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and eventually MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

If you see MUSCLEWATCH info, please tweet it and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH to help us keep all this info straight.

One question I saw on Twitter that’s worth addressing…

No. Despite my best efforts, it’s impossible to tabulate a precise number. Has anyone counted all the stars in the sky? Do we know how many broken dreams line Broadway? No, no we don’t. It’s better to just understand that there are thousands if not millions of pounds won and lost out there and keep it moving.

WHEN WE LAST LEFT MUSCLEWATCH, there was a lot of sound and fury and MUSCLE, but not a lot of detail. Let’s get into the MUSCLE…

• Once again, actual NBA teams are using the #MUSCLEWATCH hashtag, as we saw in this tweet from the Toronto Raptors regarding Terrence Ross

That tweet was welcome, if a bit vague, so we also appreciate this clarification from Holly McKenzie, from which we learn Ross actually put on the MUSCLEWATCH gold standard of 15 pounds…

HOWEVER! Nobody actually specified if it’s 15 pounds of MUSCLE. And it matters, believe me, it matters.

• Last week we saw a few MUSCLEWATCH names in Minnesota, and we get more detail this, as Anthony Bennett, Ronny Turiaf and Shabazz Muhammad got into some, frankly, really weird workout stuff. Just read the beginning of this story

The children are slipping down Shabazz Muhammad’s back, inches away from falling into a pit of whitewater rapids and fire.
As Muhammad gropes for another handhold, his entire weight and an additional 100 pounds of helpless youth suspended above the perils below, he falters. A pair of guiding hands help steady him but only for a moment. Regaining his balance and summoning some interior-laden surge of strength, he climbs his way to safety while the kids on his back remain unharmed.

They worked out using HELPLESS YOUTH! Children were SLIPPING DOWN HIS BACK INTO A DEATH TRAP WHIRLPOOL! OK, OK, this was all imaginary, but still, this is extreme MUSCLEWATCH. No wonder they call their guy Hell’s Trainer.

Despite the insane workout, Muhammad said he came into camp at 224, which is two pounds more than he supposedly weighed a year ago before the draft. And Bennett, according to the story above, lost “about 10 pounds.” So while they each may be in much better shape, for MUSCLEWATCH purposes they still have some work to do.

Kobe Bryant has had a love-hate relationship with MUSCLEWATCH through the years, and this year is no different. A few months ago, paparazzi photos seemed to suggest that Kobe had put on, well, a few pounds. But then Kobe showed up in camp looking svelte, and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak suggested Kobe had lost 10-12 pounds.

How did Kobe do it? By eating “clean.”

I guess that means a lot of hand washing?

• We need to send a shoutout to Utah Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy from the Deseret News, who has been all over MUSCLEWATCH, including several tweets…

And since we’re talking Jazz, we’ve had our first-ever announcer appearance on MUSCLEWATCH, as Jazz radio voice David Locke was reported to be in phenomenal shape…

I caught up with David this week and he confirmed that he is feeling good, although he noted that once the season begins his bicycling regimen will likely fall by the wayside. Still, a terrific showing all around in Utah. We salute you!

• Bonjour, Monsieur Diaw! Spurs forward Boris Diaw has had some ups and downs with his weight through the years. At Spurs media day this season, coach Gregg Popovich acknowledged Diaw’s struggle…

Boris used social media to respond, as one should, with the following photo and this caption: “No worries pop only one glass of wine and daily workouts!”

No worries pop only one glass of wine and daily workouts!

A photo posted by Borisdiaw (@diawboris) on

Also, thanks to the San Antonio Express News, which put together a 117-photo gallery about which players are and are not arriving in shape in San Antonio.

• WE HAVE A CONTENDER! Add Kendrick Perkins to the long list of guys who have dropped weight this summer, and with Perk, unlike with LeBron and Melo, we actually have a concrete number…

• Up in Boston, Celtics forward Jeff Green has put on some MUSCLE…

And Kelly Olynyk is “definitely stonger,” with a #MUSCLEWATCH in the story!!

• And finally, in Phoenix, Alex Len has apparently added “10-15 pounds.” Of MUSCLE? Well, that’s unclear.

See you next week. Keep MUSCLING!

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

ZACH LAVINE
Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine threw out the first pitch at a Twins game before they played his (former) favorite team, the Angels. I like how fired up he is after meeting Mike Trout


VIDEO: LaVine pitch

ANDREW WIGGINS
Staying in Minnesota, just last night, Andrew Wiggins took the hill to give it a shot. Have to say, I think he threw a strike…
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