Posts Tagged ‘Boston Celtics’

Throwback Thursday: Cousy Tallies 28 Assists


VIDEO: Best Point Guards: Bob Cousy

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: Cousy Tallies 28 Assists

On February 27, 1959, Boston Celtics’ legend Bob Cousy dished an NBA-record 28 assists in an 173-139 win over the Minneapolis Lakers. To go with the record, Cousy added 31 points and five rebounds during the high-scoring affair.

This single-game assist record was later topped by Kevin Porter with 29 in 1978 and Scott Skiles with 30 in 1990.

To honor Cousy’s historic game, this Throwback Thursday we look back at his Hall-of-Fame career.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Bob Cousy

How would Bob Cousy fare in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Bill Russell grabs 51 rebounds


VIDEO: Relive Bill Russell’s remarkable 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: Russell Grabs 51 Rebounds

It’s a number that few imagine will ever be bested.

On February 5, 1960, Bill Russell pulled down a career-high 51 rebounds against the Syracuse Nationals. This mark was the best in league history at the time and solidified Russell’s place as the most dominant player in the game. (That is until Wilt Chamberlain tallied 55 rebounds against Russell and the Boston Celtics nine months later.)

To honor Russell’s incredible accomplishment, we take a look back at his storied career:


Gallery: Bill Russell’s Career

What are your favorite Bill Russell moments? Leave your comments below!

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!