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Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1990s


VIDEO: Relive the top 10 plays from the 1993 Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns

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: Best Teams of 1990s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1990s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 2000s!

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


Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of the 1990s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s
Best Teams of the 1980s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1980s


VIDEO: Relive the top moments from The 1983 Finals between the Sixers and Lakers

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: Best Teams of 1980s

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

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s
Best Teams of 1970s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

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

Jeremy Lin goes Hollywood

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJeremy Lin‘s NBA career has taken him on a wild ride the last few years. His latest stop looks to be Los Angeles, as this summer the Rockets traded Lin to the Lakers. And as he returns to his native state of California, Lin posted this video on YouTube that shows him simultaneously dismissing his detractors as well as getting involved in an ornate song and dance routine…


VIDEO: Lin goes Hollywood

James Harden, Jabari Parker throw out first pitches

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been fun watching Tracy McGrady chase his dream of becoming a professional baseball pitcher, but just because you can throw a baseball doesn’t mean it’s something you can or should do for a living. Over the weekend we saw two different NBA players throw out ceremonial first pitches for their local Major League Baseball franchises.

Down in Houston, Rockets guard James Harden visited an Astros game and was entrusted with tossing a first pitch. Harden, a southpaw, took the mound in cut-off jeans, a.k.a. jorts, a real fashion-forward move on his part. Also, for some reason Harden had to pitch with a bunch of mascots hanging around in the background, which must be distracting. His pitch was high and outside, perhaps designed to make a batter chase.


VIDEO: Harden’s Pitch

Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, recent number two overall pick Jabari Parker threw out the first pitch at a Brewers game. The rangy righty went with sweatpants, an always wise move. I particularly like how Parker takes the mound, stares in and shakes off the catcher before throwing what could generously be described as a low change-up. Nice form, though.


VIDEO: Parker’s Pitch

No. 1 – A ‘Dream’ of a season

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 accomplished a unique NBA feat in the 1993-94 season.

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Vitals: 7 feet, 225 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 21, 1963

College: Houston

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: There is only one player to collect the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP in the same season … and he was also selected No. 1 at the 1984 NBA Draft. Hakeem Olajuwon accomplished this unseen feat in NBA history during the 1993-94 season as the Houston Rockets claimed the first of their two back-to-back NBA championships.


VIDEO: Check out the top 10 plays from Hakeem Olajuwon’s career

We’re just one hour 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. 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

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No. 6 – Olajuwon’s 5-by-5 feats

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

For Hakeem Olajuwon, 5-by-5 games were a norm.

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Vitals: 7 feet, 225 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 21, 1963

College: Houston

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: Olajuwon, the 1st selection in the 1984 Draft, has the most games in NBA history with a stat line of at least five points, rebounds, blocks, steals and assists in a game. Olajuwon performed that feat six times during his Hall of Fame career.


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon records a 5-by-5 game in 1990

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No. 11 – Olajuwon’s quadruple doubles

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

Blocks were the norm when Hakeem Olajuwon notched quadruple-doubles.

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Vitals: 7 feet, 225 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 21, 1963

College: Houston

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: Hakeem Olajuwon, the first player selected in the 1984 Draft, has posted two of the NBA’s five quadruple-doubles. In each of those quadruple-doubles, he had 11 blocks each time.


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon swats 11 shots against the Warriors in 1986

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No. 13 – Champs aplenty in this class

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.

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

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