ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Recently we caught up with Detroit’s Andre Drummond, who was caught on camera getting his groove on. Yesterday, Charlotte’s Lance Stephenson also got funky, although Lance had an idea of what was going on…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, the Detroit Pistons were off to a 5-23 start and things were looking dire. Then the Pistons released Josh Smith, reconfigured their offense, and boom — everything turned around. Today the Pistons have won 9 of their last 10 games and, with a 14-24 record, and are two losses behind Brooklyn for the final playoff spot in the East. There’s still a lot of season left to go, but after that dreadful start the Pistons are now one of the hottest teams in the NBA. And some fans from Detroit Bad Boys put together a pretty cool video celebrating that turnaround…
VIDEO: Pistons back
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond had himself a moment last week. The Pistons were about to host the Hawks in a big game between two teams with winning streaks, and to help promote the game, Drummond was going to do a live hit on a local TV news show. And while he was waiting for the interview to begin, Drummond apparently forgot he was on camera and decided to just get out the jam…
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.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons, giving the Lake Show their fifth win of what has been a challenging season. After the game, the Lakers broadcast chose to honor Jordan Hill, who finished with 22 points and 13 boards, by making him the postgame interview. But what nobody expected was that the interview would end up being conducted by Swaggy P himself, Lakers guard and All Ball All-Star Nick Young.
VIDEO: Swaggy sideline
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., a time to give thanks for the things we have and the loved ones both in our lives and formerly in our lives. And in that spirit, there’s a story today out of Los Angeles about Clippers point guard Chris Paul that shows why he’s not only an All-Star on the court, but off the court as well.
Tonight in Detroit, the Pistons will host the Clippers. In the stands, Paul will play host to Jack Gallagher, a 13-year-old fan from Pennsylvania who lost his mother, Lisa, in September to an aggressive form of brain cancer. Paul will play tonight with Lisa’s initial, L.E.G., written on his sneakers.
After seeing a video on Twitter about the family, Paul reached out and formed a bond. As Ben Bolch writes in the Los Angeles Times…
The family videotaped and photographed nearly every moment so that Lisa could savor her final days with those who mattered most. A video of Jack discussing his mother’s devotion to his basketball career and of his desire to have Paul write Lisa’s initials on his shoes for an NBA game left Paul wanting to make his own gesture, however small.
“To know that someone cares about me that much to where his mom did that for him and to know he put that on his mom’s grave,” Paul said, “I got goose bumps, I got chills.”
Paul has wowed Jack since the boy started watching him on television three years ago. “I liked how he threw the alley-oops and everything and his ballhandling and his great vision,” said Jack, 13.
Jack had been a point guard until recently sprouting to 5 feet 9, a growth spurt that prompted his coach to start playing him at shooting guard and forward. He wears No. 3 this season — Paul’s number — in addition to a new pair of CP3s purchased by his father.
Jack may never want for shoes again after receiving the care package Paul intends to give him. But Paul will take possession of the more meaningful gift: a framed montage of photos showing Jack and Lisa along with a cutout of the tongue of the CP3s the mom had given her son.
By now the jiving and thriving of the Detroit Pistons’ dancing usher, Shannon Sailes, aka ‘The Dancing Usher’, are well known. Be it the jerking and working he did high atop the stairwell to first gain notoriety or the beautiful breakdown he provided on late night TV, the moves of the the most famous ticket-taker at The Palace at Auburn Hills are well worth a view. That is, if you haven’t seen it a million times already.
But, if ya don’t know, now ya know. And check the sunglasses indoors flow, bro…
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There are some thing NBA players can’t control. They can affect how hard the work, how much they practice, things like that. But they can’t really control where they are drafted, which is something that always seemed to work against Darko Milicic.
And now, according to a report from NBASerbia, Darko is done with basketball.
Milicic was the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, selected after LeBron James, ahead of Carmelo Anthony. At the time, he was a prospect that most people — including NBA front offices — didn’t know much about. There were some reports that Milicic was not only ready but had the type of game that would translate well to the NBA, and his pre-Draft workout apparently was spectacular.
But once he got to the NBA, drafted by the Detroit Pistons, it never came together. His rookie season, the Pistons won an NBA title. Darko got into the clinching game in garbage time… and broke his hand. He bounced around between several teams looking for opportunities for playing time, and he showed flashes of ability and skill. (His passing ability inspired at least one memorable interaction between then-Wolves GM David Kahn and Chris Webber at summer league.)
If this really is it for Darko, he leaves having played ten NBA seasons, a fruitful career for any professional athlete. Unfortunately, that draft position would never go away.
According to the report above, Darko is retiring to pursue a career in kickboxing. And I don’t know about you, but a 7-foot, 250-pound kickboxer sounds like he’d be pretty terrifying to fight, at least to me.
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.
This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1980s.
Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1990s!
(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)
Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 1980s
Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!
By Jeff Case
We like Andre Drummond around these parts because he reflects a lot of what the All Ball Blog is all about — fun off the court, a flair for social media and a general sense of not taking oneself too seriously.
A frequent user of Vine, Drummond showed off in his latest video just why NBA players should steer clear of the bowling lanes (bonus points for including Sweet Georgia Brown, there, Andre) …
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