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Throwback Thursday — Wilt Chamberlain traded to Lakers


VIDEO: Relive Wilt Chamberlain’s days with the 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. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Wilt Chamberlain gets traded

By the end of the 1967-68 season, Wilt Chamberlain was coming off an MVP season and had just led the Philadelphia 76ers to a league-best 62 victories and the Eastern Conference finals (which Philly lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 7). That playoff loss marked the third time in the last four seasons the 76ers had been KO’d by the Celtics and Philadelphia’s management was ready for a change.

They sent Chamberlain across the country to the Los Angeles Lakers for Jerry Chambers, Archie Clark and Darrall Imhoff on July 9, 1968, but Chamberlain still had plenty of good basketball left in his tank. He spent his final five campaigns in Los Angeles and helped the Lakers to the NBA Finals four times in those five seasons. The most notable season was 1971-72, in which he scored only 14.8 points per game. But his contributions came in other forms. At age 35, he managed to grab 19.2 rebounds per contest and was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team. His 1971-72 Lakers won a then-record 69 games and Chamberlain was a force in The Finals against the New York Knicks, claiming Finals MVP honors.

Today, we take a look back at the career of Chamberlain and his myriad of accomplishments.


Gallery: Wilt Chamberlain’s career

What’s your favorite  Chamberlain memory? Leave your comments below!

The new NBA Draft caps are here

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There is one, and maybe only one thing, every person selected in tonight’s NBA Draft will have in common: As their name is announced and they walk to the stage, they will be given a cap with their new team’s logo. It’s the first moment they wear their team’s gear, and it’s the first time they’re photographed with their new logo. But they aren’t he only ones who can rock their team gear: The new Draft caps are available now at NBAStore.com, NBA Store on Fifth Ave, LIDS & the Nets Shop by adidas at Barclays Center for $27.95 (adult) and $23.95 (youth).

2015 NBA Draft Caps features include:
· Pique mesh crown and white visor
· Team logo or name on underside
· Team name featured on front and team name across back
· Snap-back style cap with closure
· NBA and adidas logos embroidered on sides
· 2015 Official Draft Cap sticker

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Throwback Thursday: Magic Johnson


VIDEO: Magic Johnson’s top 10 career clutch moments

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: Magic Johnson gets drafted

When the Lakers moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles before the 1960-61 season, the team had every reason to believe its tradition of championship runs and NBA titles would continue in its new digs. To be sure, the Lakers were successful in California, sporting superstars like Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Yet for all that star power, the Lakers were 1-8 in their Finals appearances from 1961-73. When the team acquired Abdul-Jabbar before the 1975-76 season, it was thought he could get the team back on the championship track, but he never even led L.A. to a Finals by himself. The 1978-79 team made it to the Western Conference semifinals and entered the offseason with some hope. It held the rights to the Utah’s first-round pick in the 1979 Draft as compensation for the Jazz signing Goodrich as a free agent a few summers earlier.

That pick ended being the No. 1 overall choice and with it the Lakers selected Earvin “Magic” Johnson. From there, L.A.’s championship ways were restored as he led the Lakers to nine Finals (and five championships) during his storied L.A. career.

On this date in 1979, Johnson was selected No. 1 overall in the 1979 Draft and in honor of that, we look back on his career:


Gallery: Magic Johnson’s career

What are your favorite O’Neal memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Shaquille O’Neal


VIDEO: Shaquille O’Neal leads the Lakers to the title in 2000

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: Shaquille O’Neal wins first Finals MVP

For the first seven seasons in his NBA career, Shaquille O’Neal achieved tremendous success during the regular season, but consistent success in the playoffs eluded him. Sure, he reached the NBA Finals in just his third season (1994-95) as a member of the Orlando Magic, but his team was swept from the NBA’s championship stage in four games.

After signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 1996, O’Neal was again a focal point of the team and led L.A. on playoff runs. He never reached The Finals again, though, until the 1999-2000 season. That was the season in which he ran away with the regular season MVP trophy and, once he got back to The Finals, made sure not to flub this time around.

On June 18, 2000, he was named unanimous MVP of The Finals after L.A. ousted the Indiana Pacers 116-111 in Game 6. O’Neal averaged 38 points, 16.7 rebounds and 2.67 blocks in the six-game Finals series. He became just the third person to sweep MVP honors for the season, capturing the All-Star Game MVP, which he shared with San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP awards. O’Neal joined Willis Reed (1970) and Michael Jordan (1996). The Lakers tied the NBA Finals single game record with only five turnovers.

In honor of Shaq’s big accomplishment 15 years ago today, we pay homage to his tremendous career::


Gallery: Shaquille O’Neal’s career

What are your favorite O’Neal memories? Leave your comments below!

Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Dikembe Mutombo speak out against wobbly tables

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve all been there — you sit down at a restaurant to enjoy a nice meal, and the next thing you know, your food is rocking back and forth. Wobbly tables are widespread throughout the restaurant world, and Jimmy Kimmel managed to find a few NBA stars willing to speak out against this scourge. Here’s Jeremy Lin, Nick Young and Dikembe Mutombo speaking out against this important issue…


VIDEO: Kimmel table

Kobe Bryant would like to remind you how good the 2001 Lakers were

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Golden State Warriors may be the latest NBA champs, but Kobe Bryant would like to take a moment and remind you of the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers. Back then, Kobe and Shaq teamed up to win a second championship with a pair of dominant performances, leading the Lakers to a 15-1 postseason record. According to Kobe, he just happened to come across this picture, the day after the Warriors won the title, so he posted it on Instagram…

Came across this and just had to post it. #DominantDuo #2alphas #23yrsYoung #lakers #shaq #mamba

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Throwback Thursday: Bulls win first NBA championship


VIDEO: Relive the Bulls’ top 10 plays from the 1991 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. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Chicago Bulls win 1991 Finals

Entering the 1990-91 season, the Chicago Bulls had experienced playoff success and also bitter playoff losses. Years upon years of failing to get past the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons culminated in the 1991 East finals, where Chicago exorcised its demons against Detroit. In sweeping the Pistons, the Bulls reached their first Finals, squaring off against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers.

After falling in Game 1 at home, the Bulls rebounded and rattled off four straight wins, clinching the title on June 12, 1991 to claim their first NBA championship. Little would Chicago know at the time, but a dynasty would begin with that Finals series win as the Bulls were crowned champions in ’92, ’93, ’96, ’97 and ’98.

In honor of the Bulls’ first title, we take a look back at the storied career of the best player on that team, Michael Jordan:


Gallery: Michael Jordan’s career

What are your favorite Jordan memories? Leave your comments below!

Have we seen the 2015 NBA Finals before?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — They say everything old is new again. Perhaps that applies to the NBA as well? A YouTube user took the audio from NBC’s coverage of the 2001 Finals, when Allen Iverson and the Sixers took on Shaq and Kobe and the Lakers and applied that to some visuals of this year’s Finals. I guess the David/Goliath storyline is applicable to many situations, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry


VIDEO: 2015 vs 2001 Finals

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The best NBA players to wear each number

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Mitchell and Ness is known for making throwback jerseys of some of the NBA’s greatest players, so we know that they know their NBA history. Mitchell and Ness put together a list of the best NBA players to wear every jersey number, from 0 to 00 to 99. from Parish to Mikan. There are some numbers that have never been worn, some worn by only one player, and then there are a lot of numbers worn by dozens of players, which makes selecting the best player to wear that jersey a tougher call. You can see the graphic below or go here to read their rationale for who made the cut…

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Nick Young and Iggy Azalea are engaged

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday was Lakers guard Nick Young‘s birthday, which we celebrated with a commemorative post here on All Ball. But as it turns out, Nick celebrated his big day in a much more memorable way: By asking his longtime girlfriend, rapper Iggy Azalea, to marry him. Congrats to the swaggy couple…

She said yes. It's over man. I'm getting married!

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