Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

When Popeye Jones was a movie reviewer

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Let’s all stop for a moment today to wish the happiest of birthday wishes to Popeye Jones. Today Mr. Jones turns 44 years young, so it seems like as good a time as any to get into the internet wayback machine. While today Jones is an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers — as well as the father of top NHL prospect Seth Jones — Popeye had a long career in the NBA, logging almost a dozen years with five different teams.

But he played his longest stretch in Dallas, from 1993-96 and then again in the 2002-03 season. (He also spent a few years in Dallas after retiring as a player development coach.) But what I didn’t know is that while he played for the Mavs, Jones teamed up with then-teammate Tony Dumas to record these movie reviews. The people at Ballislife have uncovered a couple of these classic videos.


VIDEO: Jurassic Park review


VIDEO: Blue Chips review


VIDEO: Hoops Dreams review


VIDEO: Above the Rim review
(via BIL)

Throwback Thursday: Top Finals Upsets


VIDEO: The 2010-11 NBA Finals

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: Top Finals Upsets

On June 12, 2011, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win their first championship in franchise history. The newly assembled “big-three” of LeBron JamesDwyane Wade and Chris Bosh made the Heat heavily favored over the Mavericks coming into the series. But Dallas rallied from a 2-1 series deficit to pull off the upset.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the top upsets in NBA Finals history.

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


Gallery: TBT: Top Finals Upsets

Which upset do you think was the most surprising? Leave your comments below!

No. 8 – From Draft to ’84 Olympics

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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.

Names: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming

Colleges: North Carolina (Jordan and Perkins), Arkansas (Robertson), Cal State Fullerton (Wood), Vanderbilt (Turner), Georgia (Fleming)

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks (Perkins), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 10th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Wood), 17th overall by New Jersey Nets (Turner), 18th overall by Indiana Pacers (Fleming)

Draft fact: Eight days after the 1984 Draft, first-rounders Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming were named to the U.S. Olympic team. That team would go on to beat Spain in the gold medal game in Los Angeles.

We’re just eight 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. 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. 15 – Stansbury a Dunk Contest regular

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.

Terence Stansbury

Terence Stansbury was used to the Dunk Contest stage.

Name: Terence Stansbury

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-5, 170 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 27, 1961

College: Temple

Drafted in 1984: 15th overall by Dallas Mavericks

Draft fact: Terence Stansbury, who was the 15th player selected at the 1984 Draft, finished third in three consecutive NBA Slam Dunk Contests.


VIDEO: Terence Stansbury put on a show during the 1987 Dunk Contest

We’re just 15 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. 44 – Wills outlasts his Draft mates

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.

Kevin Willis

Kevin Willis was the last member of the 1984 Draft class to retire.

Name: Kevin Willis

Position: Forward/Center

Vitals: 7-feet, 220 pounds

Birthday: Sept. 6, 1962

College: Michigan State

Drafted in 1984: 11th overall by Atlanta Hawks

Draft fact: Kevin Willis, the 11th player chosen in the 1984 Draft, was 44 years old when he finally retired after the 2006-07 season. Among ’84 draftees, Willis played in 1,424 games (second only to John Stockton’s 1,504) and he was the last player to retire from his Draft class.

We’re just 44 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

We’re just 57 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. 61 — Bear this in mind …

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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: Jeff Cross

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-10, 240 pounds

Birthday: Sept. 1, 1961

College: Maine

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

Draft fact: Jeff Cross, who was selected with the 61st pick of the 1984 Draft, is the only University of Maine Black Bear to ever play in the NBA.

We’re just 61 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. 63 — Perkins does defense, too

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.

Sam Perkins

As a rookie in Dallas, Sam Perkins was a solid defender.

Name: Sam Perkins

Position: Forward/Center

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 235 pounds

Birthday: June 14, 1961

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks

Draft fact: Sam Perkins, the 4th player selected in the 1984 Draft, recorded 63 blocks and 63 steals in his rookie season with the Dallas Mavericks. In his career, Perkins had 60 or more blocks and steals in a season eight times.

We’re just 63 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.