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Throwback Thursday: Michael Jordan


VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s top 10 plays from 1995-96

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: Michael Jordan wins 1995-96 MVP

In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls were on a mission to prove they were still an elite team. Thanks to having Michael Jordan back in the fold for a full season they more than accomplished that feat, all while Jordan reclaimed his place as the game’s top player.

The Bulls were 10-1 out of the blocks in 1995-96, then 23-2, then suddenly, after an 18-game win streak, 41-3. They got to 60-8 and broke the Los Angeles Lakers’ record of 69 wins on April 16, 1996 with an 86-80 win in Milwaukee.

Although that team was stacked with talent — Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman and others — it was Jordan who powered the success. As such, he ran away with the MVP that season, amassing a record 96.5 percent of the possible first-place votes (109 of 113) from the media to win the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. It was his fourth overall MVP and for the season, Jordan averaged 30.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, and 2.2 spg.

In honor of Jordan’s feat, we take a look back at the storied career of perhaps the NBA’s greatest player ever:


Gallery: Michael Jordan’s career

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

David Letterman sure loved the NBA

NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Basketball legends Magic Johnson (left) and Larry Bird (center) talk with Dave (right) about their friendship and their rivalry on the court when they visit the Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday, April 11, 2012 on the CBS Television Network. This photo is provided by CBS from the Late Show with David Letterman photo archive. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

Magic Johnson (left) and Larry Bird (center) are interviewed on the Late Show with David Letterman on April 11, 2012 (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

By Jeff Case

In case you’ve been living under a rock or something the last week or so, here’s an update: The “Late Show with David Letterman” is nearing the finish line and, tonight, David Letterman will host his final show. For 33 years and across two networks, the “Late Show” forever changed the face of late-night TV talk shows behind Letterman’s unique sense of humor and style. Amazingly, when he walks off the stage tonight, he will have hosted 6,028 broadcasts.

(The Indianapolis Star has a great look at the life and times of the TV icon here.)

Letterman, an Indiana native, is also a well-known sports fan and, in particular, a basketball fan and Indiana Pacers fan (he even did a Pacers-themed Top 10 once). Everyone from Reggie Miller to Shaquille O’Neal to Michael Jordan (who gave Letterman some guff over wearing adidas shoes) appeared on the show, as did former NBA commissioner David Stern and current commissioner Adam Silver.

With that in mind, here’s a look back at some of Letterman’s best NBA-related interviews …


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Michael Jordan in 1986


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Patrick Ewing in 1989 (FF to the 30 minute mark)


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Isiah Thomas in the late 1980s


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Reggie Miller and Spike Lee in 1994


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Grant Hill in 1994


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dennis Rodman in 1997


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Charles Barkley in 2006


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dwyane Wade in 2006


VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

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The return of “Hare” Jordan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As part of their ongoing celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan franchise, Jordan Brand continues to call out to some iconic moments in basketball and the culture. Today, an exclusive look at the latest step.

Back in 1992, following Michael Jordan‘s first championship season, we saw the debut of Hare Jordan, a collaboration between Jordan and Bugs Bunny. During his second title run, MJ wore the Air Jordan VII, and this weekend, as part of the ongoing anniversary celebration, the “Hare” Jordan VII is being re-released at retail.

Which brings us to the ad below. Back in the day, the Air Jordan VII had an iconic commercial featuring gorgeous black and white footage of MJ playing ball, with some beautiful shots of the shoe. Today, Jordan Brand releases this remixed version, with the original side-by-side against a new version, featuring BUgs Bunny showing some of his sick moves…


VIDEO: Air and Hare

Never make Michael Jordan mad

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You know the phrase, “Don’t wake a sleeping giant?” Back in the early ’90s, a few members of the Charlotte Hornets learned this lesson the hard way in a game against the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. As former Hornets guard Kendall Gill posted on Instagram, here’s what happened…

“Me, Larry Johnson, and Alonzo Mourning were young upcoming guns in the league. We were feeling ourselves in this game because we were giving it to the Bulls. After this play our Wild oats quickly became shredded wheats! Alonzo had just blocked 2 of the Bulls shots. We started talking smack. I could since MJ getting mad because We were matched up against each other. I didn’t give a crap though because I was young, dumb and didn’t know any better. MJ back doored me out of the triangle offense and put Zo on his collection of posters. Lol. Moral of this story? Callin out the Devil is one thing. Facing him is another! Never tug on Superman’s cape unless you’re absolutely ready! Did you hear me Pacman?”

According to Deadspin, this is the game when it happened. And as for the play? Watch out, Zo!

Me, Larry Johnson, and Alonzo Mourning were young upcoming guns in the league. We were feeling ourselves in this game because we were giving it to the Bulls. After this play our Wild oats quickly became shredded wheats! Alonzo had just blocked 2 of the Bulls shots. We started talking smack. I could since MJ getting mad because We were matched up against each other. I didn't give a crap though because I was young, dumb and didn't know any better. MJ back doored me out of the triangle offense and put Zo on his collection of posters. Lol. Moral of this story? Callin out the Devil is one thing. Facing him is another! Never tug on Superman's cape unless you're absolutely ready! Did you hear me Pacman? @nba @nbatv #illini #illinination #illinibasketball #boxing #basketball #boxingaddict #chicagosports #allamerican #maypac #mayweatherpacquioa #allamerican #athlete #hornets #nba #nbastories

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Jabari Parker, Usain Bolt, Cam Newton want to be like Mike

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Gatorade has been celebrating the 23rd anniversary of their iconic “Be Like Mike” ads with remixed versions of the original ad. But now they’ve dropped a new version of the ad featuring a ton of current athletes, including NBA players Jabari Parker and Zach LaVine, along with Mia Hamm, Bryce Harper, Usain Bolt, Cam Newton, Abby Wambach…and Michael Jordan himself…


VIDEO: Be Like Mike

Michael Jordan can still get buckets, talk trash

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMichael Jordan is not only maybe the greatest basketball player of all-time, he’s also one of the greatest trash talkers to ever play the game. MJ may have retired as an active player in 2003, but in a video that showed up this weekend on Instagram, looks like MJ’s still got it…and I don’t just mean the basketball.

While in the Bahamas this weekend, where he played golf with a couple of pro golfers and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the group ended up on a basketball court, where MJ sank a jumper and then dropped some classic trash talk. “Hey man, you don’t have YouTube? You better put on Michael Jordan, for real.”

Throwback Thursday: MJ’s return in 1995


VIDEO: Take a look back at Michael Jordan’s career

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: Michael Jordan returns to the NBA

On June 20, 1993, Michael Jordan scored 33 points on 13-for-26 shooting as the Bulls beat the Suns 99-98 in Game 6 of The Finals to clinch a third straight championship. Several months after that win, Jordan retired from the NBA to pursue a career in baseball and the Bulls tried their best to carry on without their marquee star. Chicago reached the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinals losing in a Game 7 to the New York Knicks behind the MVP-caliber play of Jordan’s old sidekick, Scottie Pippen.

Then came March 17, 1995 and things became right again in the NBA world for the Windy City. With a simple faxed message stating “I’m Back”, Jordan was on his way back to Chicago once again. Two days later against the Indiana Pacers, Jordan suited up (albeit in a No. 45 jersey instead of his usual No. 23) and had 19 points on 7-for-28 shooting in a 103-96 road loss.

With Jordan’s return to the court in mind, we take a look back on the career of perhaps the greatest player ever in NBA history.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Michael Jordan’s career

What’s your most lasting Jordan memory? Leave your comments below!

Gatorade remixes “Be Like Mike” ads

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Back in 1991, after Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won the first of six NBA titles, Gatorade celebrated Jordan’s accomplishment with a commercial that still resonates today.


VIDEO: Like Mike

This week, to celebrate Gatorade’s 50th anniversary, Gatorade brought the commercial back with three new spins. The three new ads — “Groove Like Mike,” “Move Like Mike” and “Dream Like Mike” — play off the original song and visuals, with a newly updated feel. You can check out all three below. It may be nearly twenty-five years later, but plenty of basketball fans still want to be like Mike.


VIDEO: Groove Like Mike


VIDEO: Move Like Mike


VIDEO: Dream Like Mike

Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues


VIDEO: The Starters: Dominique Wilkins Statue

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: NBA Statues

The Atlanta Hawks will immortalize legendary forward Dominique Wilkins with a statue unveiling at Phillips Arena on Saturday. Wilkins was a 9-time All-Star and averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals during his 12 seasons with the Hawks.

As Atlanta prepares to set Wilkins’ history in stone, this Throwback Thursday, we look back at other NBA legends who have been immortalized through statue.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: NBA Statues

Which NBA statue do you like best? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: 1998 All-Star Game


VIDEO: All-Access: 1998 All-Star Game at MSG

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: 1998 All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden

This Sunday’s All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden will be the first held at the “Mecca of Basketball” since 1998, when Michael Jordan won his third and final All-Star Game MVP after scoring 26 points with eight assists in the Eastern Conference’s 135-114 win. Second-year pro Kobe Bryant led the Western Conference with 18 points as he matched up with Jordan.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor this classic All-Star Game with the All-Access video above and the photo gallery below.


Gallery: 1998 All-Star Game at MSG

What are your favorite All-Star Game moments? Leave your comments below