Posts Tagged ‘Charles Barkley’

Charles Barkley takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yet another Dream Team member has followed the lead of Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing: Charles Barkley. Watch out for the marshmallows…


VIDEO: Barkley Challenge

Pippen, Barkley teach Harden to have a short memory

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Foot Locker keeps rolling out the NBA-related commercials. In this latest spot, Houston’s James Harden gets advice from Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen on how to keep his mind right while playing in the NBA. I didn’t say it was necessarily good advice…

VIDEO: Short Memory

Throwback Thursday: The Dream Team


VIDEO: Relive some great All-Access moments with the Dream Team

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 1992 Dream Team

Back in 1992, the U.S. Men’s Olympic National Team was no longer comprised of the best college players around. In that year, the best NBA players were allowed to represent the U.S. and America changed the way basketball was perceived worldwide with a squad led by Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and others.

On July 5, 1992, The Dream Team won the final game of the Basketball Tournament of the Americas against Venezuela 127-80. Team USA won all six games by an average of 51.5 points en route to a performance in the ’92 Olympics that wowed crowds and led to a gold medal.

To celebrate, this Throwback Thursday we look back at the players who made up the 1992 Dream Team.

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


Gallery: TBT: The 1992 Dream Team

Who do you remember most about The Dream Team? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: 1984 NBA Draft


VIDEO: The84Draft: Jordan vs. Bowie

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: 1984 NBA Draft

The much talked about 1984 NBA Draft occurred on June 19, 1984. Five players from this Draft were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and countless other players were key contributors in the NBA. This is, without a doubt, the best Draft class in the history of the league and deserves to be celebrated.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players selected 30 years ago today.

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Gallery: TBT: 1984 NBA Draft

Who’s your favorite player from this draft class? Leave your comments below!

No. 5 – A Hall Of Fame group

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.

Michael Jordan

In college and in the NBA, Michael Jordan performed like a Hall of Famer.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Oscar Schmidt

Colleges/Countries: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton) and Brazil (Schmidt)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 131st overall by New Jersey Nets (Schmidt)

Draft fact: Five future members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had their names called at the 1984 NBA Draft.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan talks after being taken No. 3 overall in the 1984 Draft

We’re just five 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. 18 – A class with lots of hardware

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.

Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon won his lone MVP during the 1993-94 season.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Alvin Robertson, John Stockton, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Arkansas (Robertson), Gonzaga (Stockton), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 70th overall by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: The Class of 1984 has won the NBA Rookie of the Year, All-Star Game MVP, regular-season MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year 18 times as a collective group. Here’s the breakdown:

Rookie of the Year – Jordan

MVPs – Jordan (5), Olajuwon (1), Barkley (1)

All-Star MVP – Jordan (3), Stockton (1), Barkley (1)

Defensive Player of the Year — Jordan (1), Olajuwon (2), Robertson (1)

Coach of the Year – Carlisle (1)


VIDEO: Michael Jordan wins his second straight MVP during the 1992 season

We’re just 18 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. 23 – All-NBA talent abounds in ‘84

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.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton

Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon

Michael Jordan (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon were All-NBA First Team regulars.

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton)

Draft fact: The 1984 Draft boasts 23 All-NBA First Team selections from 1987-98. Here’s the breakdown: Michael Jordan (10 appearances), Hakeem Olajuwon (six), Charles Barkley (five) and John Stockton (two).

We’re just 23 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. 26 – Sir Charles the scorer

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.

Charles Barkley

Rarely if ever did Charles Barkley not average 20 ppg.

Name: Charles Barkley

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 252 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 20, 1963

College: Auburn

Drafted in 1984: 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers

Draft fact: Charles Barkley, the No. 5 pick in the 1984 Draft, averaged 22.14 ppg throughout his career. That number puts him in 26th place on the all-time list in that category. From the 1985-86 season to the 1995-96 season, Barkley never averaged less than 20.0 ppg.


VIDEO: Charles Barkley drops 47 points on the Atlanta Hawks in a 1988 game

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‘The84Draft’ reveals stories of greatness in NBA’s best-ever draft


VIDEO: Watch the teaser trailer for ‘The84Draft’, NBA TV’s new documentary

The 2014 NBA Draft, which is being widely touted as maybe the deepest Draft in recent memory, is just weeks away. It will provide an opportunity for several franchises to impact their teams and shape their futures.

It is also perhaps perfect timing NBA TV will debut a terrific documentary on a Draft three decades ago that still stands as the greatest draft in NBA history.

The documentary, with the hashtag-friendly title “THE84DRAFT,” first airs on NBA TV on Monday, at 9 p.m. ET. This is the latest film in NBA TV original’s line of documentaries, like last year’s Emmy Award-winning “The Doctor” and 2012’s “The Dream Team.” Steve Nash, who was part of his own iconic Draft class in 1996, narrates “THE84DRAFT,” which is jammed with footage basketball fans will thrill to see.

Even a casual sports fan has felt the reach of the ’84 Draft, as it contained players who literally changed the game forever, like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon and John Stockton. Yet what made the 1984 draft so special isn’t just the five Hall of Famers it produced, rather the compelling stories from players picked deeper in the draft, even down to the final selection.

Watching the footage of the actual draft broadcast, it’s clear that things are radically different now. Three decades ago the draft was called the “college” draft, a word not immediately associated with current drafts. The 1984 draft happened during daytime hours and was aired on USA Network. Olajuwon, the first overall pick by Houston, was in attendance wearing a tuxedo, and was greeted by a mustachioed David Stern, who was presiding over his first draft as commissioner of the NBA. The team representatives in the Felt Forum sat at banquet tables, and empty seats ringed the event floor.

The television broadcast ended after two rounds, but the Draft went on for a whopping eight more rounds for a total of 10. By the time they got to the later rounds, teams were burning picks on novelties, like when the Bulls drafted Carl Lewis in the 10th round. But there were plenty of key contributing pieces to be unearthed in those middle rounds. With the 70th overall pick, the defending champion Boston Celtics drafted Rick Carlisle, who says of going to such an established team, “I thought it was death for any kind of career.” While Carlisle managed to make the Celtics and win a title, his career as a player ended a few years later. But he moved into coaching in 1989 and has been on NBA sidelines ever since, winning a title in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks.

One wrinkle in the 1984 draft story is the 1984 Olympic trials, which were held in Bloomington, Ind., just weeks before the draft. With numerous NBA scouts in attendance, Barkley used the opportunity to showcase his all-around game, repeatedly going coast-to-coast and dunking against the better wishes of Olympic coach Bobby Knight. Barkley did not make the cut for the Olympic team.

Stockton, largely unknown out of Gonzaga, also didn’t make the Olympic team’s final cut. But, he proved his mettle against the nation’s best players and was selected 16th overall.

Leon Wood made that 1984 Olympic team and was the 10th overall pick in the ’84 Draft, drawing comparisons to Isiah Thomas. But Wood never found a home in the NBA and ended up playing overseas. If his name sounds familiar, perhaps it’s because Wood eventually made it back to the NBA, where he’s been a referee since 1996.

The most entertaining character in “THE84DRAFT” may be Oscar Schmidt. The legendary Brazilian player –fifth Hall of Famer in this draft class — was well known for his exploits with the Brazilian National Team and his club teams in Italy, where a young Kobe Bryant grew up admiring him.

“Oscar Schmidt was like my Larry Bird, but I actually liked him,” Bryant says with a laugh. “You know what I mean? He was Bird before I had a chance to see what Bird really was.”

Schmidt remains incredulous even today over being drafted in the sixth round of the ’84 Draft by the New Jersey Nets. But when the Nets offered him a guaranteed contract, he had to turn it down because it would have invalidated his international amateur status with Brazil.

Plenty of time is devoted to the marquee names of the ’84 Draft, including the thought process that led to the Portland Trail Blazers passing on Jordan to draft Sam Bowie with the second overall pick. The Bulls snagged Jordan with the third pick, and former Bulls GM Rod Thorn remembers getting a call from an assistant coach after the first day of practice and being told: “You didn’t mess this draft up.”

In many ways, the 1984 Draft framed the future of the NBA. These players changed the way basketball was played, not only in the NBA but also around the world. Thirty years later, it’s still a story worth telling.

No. 34 – This jersey suits Chuckster well

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.

Name: Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley made No. 34 a memorable number.

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 252 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 20, 1963

College: Auburn

Drafted in 1984: 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers

Draft fact: The No. 5 pick in the 1984 Draft, Charles Barkley wore a No. 34 jersey at Auburn University as well as with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns. His jersey has been retired by those teams and only twice did he not wear No. 34 – in 1991-92 (when he wore No. 32 in Philly) and from 1996-2000 (when he wore No. 4 with the Houston Rockets).


VIDEO: Relive the best moments from Sir Charles’ career in Philadelphia, Phoenix and Houston

We’re just 34 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.