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Throwback Thursday: A Slam Dunk-A-Thon

VIDEO: Some of the all-time best Dunk Contest jams

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 TV’s Slam Dunk-A-Thon

By Jeff Case & Jonathan Hartzell,

What’s better than watching a Slam Dunk Contest from the NBA’s archives? How about whole day of watching Slam Dunk Contests? That’s exactly what NBA TV has in store today starting at 10 a.m. ET and going until 5 p.m. ET, with more Dunk Contests airing again from 7 p.m. ET Thursday to 2 a.m ET on Friday.

You’ll see every Slam Dunk Contest in history (yes, even the first-ever one at the ABA All-Star Game in 1976 that featured Julius “Dr. J” Erving). It’s a great time to look back at an era when All-Stars like Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Clyde Drexler were regular participants in the event.

And, you can look forward to this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk contest, which features three All-Stars (Damian Lillard, Paul George and John Wall) for the first time since the 1988 edition (when Wilkins, Jordan and Drexler participated).

To celebrate the big day of TV watching on NBA TV, here are some of the most iconic Slam Dunk Contest images of all-time:

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

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Slam Dunk History

What was your favorite dunk contest moment? Leave your comments below!

Toni Kukoc Had Quite A Pregame Ritual

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Different players prepare for NBA games in different ways. Some guys stay in and nap all day, others squeeze in a light workout or a massage, to have their bodies prepared for a few hours of hard work. And then there was the Toni Kukoc method, as we heard about from Steve Kerr on the latest edition of NBA TV’s “Open Court” series. Check out the clip below, and be sure you stay tuned for Kerr’s turn at the mic…

Live From New York, It’s A New NBA Season

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — You may not have been aware of this, but the NBA season begins one week from tomorrow! And to tip off a long season of coverage, it was announced today that TNT will begin the season with a special show live from New York City.

From the press release…

Turner Sports will officially launch Kia NBA Tip-Off ’13, the opening week of the 2013-14 NBA regular season, with three consecutive nights of doubleheader coverage across TNT and NBA TV. Entering its 30th consecutive year of NBA coverage, TNT will open the season with a doubleheader Tuesday, Oct. 29, beginning at 7 p.m. ET when the Sports Emmy Award-winning studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal televise a live pregame show from Flatiron Plaza in New York City. The special NBA on TNT Opening Night 2013 Presented by telecast is part of a New York City attraction sponsored by 2K celebrating the start of the NBA season.

Following TNT’s special one-hour pre-game show, which also includes live coverage of the championship ring ceremony for the Miami Heat, TNT’s opening night doubleheader will feature the defending champion Miami Heat and LeBron James hosting the Chicago Bulls and the highly anticipated return of Derrick Rose at 8 p.m. After the Bulls/Heat matchup, TNT will feature a battle of Los Angeles with the Clippers and Chris Paul meeting the L.A. Lakers and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash at 10:30 p.m. Marv Albert will call the Bulls/Heat telecast with analysts Steve Kerr and reporter David Aldridge, with Kevin Harlan providing play-by-play for Clippers/Lakers with analyst Reggie Miller and reporter Craig Sager.

As part of TNT and NBA TV’s comprehensive Opening Night coverage, NBA TV will televise a special edition of NBA GameTime at 6 p.m. Hosted by Matt Winer with analysts Grant Hill, Steve Smith and Chris Webber, the show will preview the upcoming season while also providing live look-ins to the event taking place in New York City.

For NBA fans in New York City, TNT’s critically-acclaimed studio show will be part of an on-site attraction open to the public and sponsored by 2K. The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Flatiron Plaza, and will feature a basketball court, NBA 2K14 video game kiosks, and a massive video board perched 30 feet above Broadway and Fifth Avenue serving as a viewing area for fans to watch the live TNT pre-game show and game coverage. Turner will team up with NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility program, during the day’s activities to promote physical fitness and healthy living for kids and families.

Turner Sports will also set up an NBA on TNT social media vending machine at various locations throughout New York City, giving fans a chance to collect free prizes ranging from copies of the NBA2K14 game, golden tickets for meet and greets with the Inside the NBA studio team and more. Additionally, an NBA 2K14 video game scavenger hunt will take place around Manhattan with clues being distributed via the @NBAonTNT and @2K Twitter handles throughout the day.

In addition to the New York-based events, host Winer and analysts Hill, Webber and Smith will provide the Sprint Halftime Report for the Lakers/Clippers game, along with full post-game coverage during the Inside the NBA presented by Kia broadcast from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

Turner Sports’ opening week coverage will also include doubleheader action on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31. NBA TV will feature the Cleveland Cavaliers and NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving hosting the Brooklyn Nets with newcomers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce at 7 p.m., followed by the Lakers visiting the Golden State Warriors and sharpshooter Stephen Curry at 10:30 p.m.

TNT will round out three consecutive nights of NBA opening week doubleheaders with the Bulls hosting the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony at 8 p.m., and the Warriors visiting the Clippers at 10:30 p.m. Albert will provide the call for the Knicks/Bulls game with analyst Kerr and reporter Aldridge, with Harlan describing the Warriors/Clippers game with analyst Miller and reporter Sager.

NBA TV, jointly managed by Turner Sports and the NBA, will also televise the Bulls visiting the Philadelphia 76ers and rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant hosting the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

Karl Malone Begins Coaching (Without Hunting Equipment)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier this year in Houston for All-Star weekend, we did a live episode of “The Jump” on NBA TV. We had our regular crew of myself, Brent Barry, Jared Greenberg and Dennis Scott, and then we were joined for most of the show by KarlThe MailmanMalone, perhaps the greatest power forward of all-time and the second-leading scorer in NBA history. While we were on the air — and you can see this in the video clip right here — I asked Malone if he had ever thought about getting into coaching, to tutor some of the young bigs around the league.

As you can see, the answer was yes, he had thought about it and was willing to do it, but no teams or players had reached out to him. Which, honestly, he was a bit surprised about.

But for the benefit of everyone, that changed this season, as the Jazz have finally delivered the Mailman to work with some of their young bigs, like Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. As Malone told…

“The first day it was tough and trying. I think our big guys don’t know the severity of what is in front of them and how serious this is. I wasn’t a happy camper. Then — it’s amazing — they came back, they’re here early; they want to do things. That’s rewarding to me.”

Malone also added that he was able to keep his attention on helping out by doing his best to forget his most beloved hobby, hunting: “I didn’t bring my [camouflage], gun or a bow. I left them home so my focus was to come here every day.”

Wonder if he brought his mule to camp?

(via PBT)

The Doctor Will Still See You


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While I was in Miami for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals, on Friday night I joined a large group of assembled media who braved epic flooding outside to check out a screening of NBA TV’s latest documentary, “The Doctor,” about the life and career of Julius “Dr. J” Erving. I expected it to be good, but I had no idea that it would be great, which it was. So much so that last night, when it debuted on NBA TV, I sat at home and watched it a second time. If you missed the premiere of “The Doctor,” don’t worry, you can catch it again on NBA TV at these dates and times:
Wednesday — 6/12/2013 — 9:00 PM EST
Friday — 6/14/2013 — 9:00 PM EST
Saturday — 6/15/2013  — 5:30 PM EST
Saturday — 6/15/2013 — 11:00 PM EST
Sunday — 6/16/2013 — 2:00 AM EST
Sunday — 6/23/2013 — 10:00 PM EST

As for how last night’s broadcast was received? “The Doctor” became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. Here’s what a bunch of current and former players had to say about it…

NBA Style: Round-Up With Jill Martin

By the Style Crew

Check out Emmy Award-winning television personality, fashion expert, and best-selling New York Times author Jill Martin, who stopped by Game Time on NBA TV last night to talk Playoff fashion winners and losers. And don’t forget, join the conversation on Twitter by using #NBAstyle…

Lang Whitaker’s Summer League Marathon

by Lang Whitaker

12:17 AM EST – And we’re finished. The Bobcats looked really good against Sacramento, controlling the tempo and pace basically from the jump, and winning it running away, 121-87. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Jeffery Taylor (17 points, 3-4 on threes) both looked great, and Thomas Robinson had as many ups as he did downs (19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 turnovers). But the great thing about summer league is that there’s always tomorrow.

My job today was to watch basketball and connect a bunch of words together that accurately conveyed what I was watching. I watched more consecutive games today than I’ve ever watched before, eight of them, one after another, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Hopefully I was able to make that happen. Thanks for reading and tweeting along all morning, afternoon and night.

Sure, summer league isn’t the highest level of basketball you’ll ever see. But the majority of these guys are playing for a job, playing really hard every moment they’re on the court, and that’s something you rarely see for every minute of an NBA game. I found pleasure in that, tried to replicate that effort, and I look forward to watching many more summer league games over the next week or so.

Though probably not first thing tomorrow. I’m dunzo for now.


11:52 PM EST — As we near the end of my marathon of summer league basketball, with less than one quarter remaining in a blowout between Charlotte and Sacramento, I think it’s time to discuss possible MVP candidates for today:

• Dionte Christmas — 19 points in a half for Boston
• My HD TV — pulled yeoman’s duty today
• My air conditioning — worked like a champ, made 90-something degree heat cool and comfortable
• Reggie Jackson — tomahawk dunked on Jeremy Evans
• Bradley Beal — poured in 22 points and got to the line 10 times
• WordPress
• My MacBook — only had to re-start once all day
• MarShon Brooks — tied Orlando Summer League scoring record with 34 points
• My dog — Starbury, my dog, slept here next to me almost all day long; strong emotional support from her
• Donatas Motiejunas — Rockets rookie went for 25 and 9 against Toronto
• Thompson and Barnes — combined for 47 points against the Lakers
• Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — has 18 points, 7 boards and 4 steals with one quarter left to play
• Delivery sushi — the crunchy spicy tuna roll just terrific

And the winner is? My couch. My poor couch has literally supported me through thick and thin, and today was no different, as I planted myself here from 8 AM until midnight, a 16-hour basketball-a-palooza. Without my couch, none of this works. So thank you couch, for being so couchy. You are the couchiest.


Win Or Lose, James Harden’s Beard Is Here To Stay

by Micah Hart

Taken from hockey, the trend of growing a playoff beard has moved into other professional sports over the years. The Clippers did it earlier this postseason. The Thunder chose not to, instead expressing their playoff solidarity through silly press conference attire. There is a member of the Thunder with a very famous beard, but his can only be considered playoff-related if his postseason began when he was 16 years old.

NBA TV’s Jared Greenberg caught up to James Harden today at media availability to see what his plans are for the beard should OKC cut down the nets in the next couple weeks:

From the man himself, the beard is going nowhere. I will sleep soundly tonight.

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Brent Barry’s Alter-Ego Bids Farewell To 2011-12 Regular Season

by Micah Hart

You can always count on Brent Barry to bring the funny on NBA TV, like he does here with his musical ode to the recently concluded regular season:

Bones, you taking requests? Free Bird!

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All Ball sneak peek: Happy Holidays from your favorite NBA players

by Micah Hart

This drops later today, but we thought we’d give you an exclusive first look at the new Happy Holidays message from your friends in the NBA. Roll it!

I don’t know about you, but I am really digging the NBA’s TV spots this year.

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