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Throwback Thursday: All-time blocks leaders


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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: All-Time Blocks Leaders

We continue our Throwback Thursday All-Time Statistical Leaders series today by looking at the Top 10 all-time blocks leaders.

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


Gallery: TBT: All-time blocks leaders

Make sure to check out our previous All-Time Statistical Leaders galleries if you missed them!
All-time steals leaders
All-time assists leaders

Which of these players would you most want to make a win-saving block for your squad? Leave your comments below!

NBA players from Georgetown give back in big way

Rockets v Grizzlies

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The list of NBA players who played their college ball at Georgetown University is long and impressive: Ewing, Mourning, Mutombo, Iverson, Hibbert. And that’s just for a start. The common thread for most of those guys, besides the University itself, is longtime coach John Thompson Jr., who coached many of them (or did his son, John Thompson III).

In the spring, Georgetown announced that it would break ground on a state-of-the-art athletics facility named for Coach Thompson. Since the announcement, several former Hoya basketball players have announced they would be donating money to help make the facility a reality. Last week, Jeff Green kicked in a million dollars, and Patrick Ewing and his longtime agent David Falk joined together to give over $3 million. And then yesterday, it was announced that Pacers center Roy Hibbert would be kicking in a million dollars as well. As Hibbert told the Washington Post, “It’s important for me to give back as much as possible. I actually gave [Thompson Jr.] a call, and then we talked for a little bit today, wished him happy birthday. He was a big part of my development at school. He always said what was on his mind. He was out pushing me to be a better player. Obviously he’s a legend.”

Nice to see these guys willing to give back in such a substantial way.

Patrick Ewing responds to Michael Jordan’s ice bucket challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Yesterday we saw Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. AS part of MJ’s acceptance, he issued a challenge to his Dream Team teammates. As we noted on the Jordan post, his Dream team teammate Larry Bird was a step ahead of him. But today, MJ’s Dream Team teammate Patrick Ewing, an assistant coach for the Hornets, stepped up to the plate and took the ice bucket challenge…


VIDEO: Ewing Challenge

Michael Jordan Speaks (Some More)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few months back we saw a video from 2K Sports promoting NBA 2K14 in which Michael Jordan made some news by proclaiming he could beat LeBron one-on-one if they played in their primes. In part two of this interview, released yesterday, Jordan picked the four players he would want to play alongside (including one surprise choice — a Tar Hell, no less), his favorite Air Jordans, his most memorable dunks, his best year, why he wore number 23, and more.
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VIDEO: Michael Jordan Uncensored, Part 2

The Hornets Are Returning; Are These Classic Uniforms, Too?


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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –One of the first NBA games I remember attending was in Charlotte, N.C., in 1989, during the Charlotte Hornets’ inaugural season. I was an Atlantan and a Hawks fan, but we were on a family vacation, driving somewhere or another on a route that took us through North Carolina. My Dad, a huge NBA fan, planned ahead and ordered Hornets tickets. We rolled into town on March 27, 1989, just in time to see the Hornets host the New York Knicks.

The Hornets weren’t particularly good — they were an expansion team, after all — but the fans there in Charlotte loved basketball and loved the Hornets. I convinced my Dad to buy me a Hornets caricature t-shirt featuring Muggsy Bogues, Robert Reid, Kurt Rambis, and several other players.

I settled in to root for the home team, and all these years later, I remember exactly two things about that game:

1. Every time Hornets center Tim Kempton caught the ball, the man behind me would yell, “STONE HANDS” at the top of his his lungs. I guess he wasn’t a Kempton fan.

2. Patrick Ewing destroyed the Hornets that night, finishing with 45 points.

The Hornets eventually got pretty good, drafting Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. They drafted Kobe Bryant!  … but then they then immediately traded Kobe to the Lakers. Eventually, then-owner George Shinn moved the team to New Orleans. The NBA added the Charlotte Bobcats to the league to fill the void. The Hornets were sold, the Bobcats were sold. Last season, the Hornets announced they would change their name to the New Orleans Pelicans. Not missing a beat, new Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan recently announced that his franchise will be changing its name to the Hornets.

This has spurred a torrent of Hornets-related nostalgia. Kobe himself took to Twitter and reminded us all of those few minutes when he was a Hornet…

BuzzFeed went long on the team’s history, reporting that their popular mascot, Hugo the Hornet, was actually designed by Jim Henson‘s daughter, Cheryl.

And then there were the uniforms. The colors and logo were unique enough to make them different, special even. WCNC in Charlotte dug up some old video from the reveal of the Hornets uniforms, featuring designer Alexander Julian and original Hornets star Kelly Tripucka. It’s especially worth noting the shorts, which are not only incredibly short by today’s standards, but also, as I recall, featured pleats.

It’s too early to tell which way the new Charlotte Hornets will go with their logo and uniform — they won’t be changing until 2014 — but as they’ve shown with the buzz they’ve garnered from the name change, it would be hard to go wrong by looking to their past.

(via SI.com)

NBA Style: Classic Knicks #TBT

NBA Style
By the NBA.com Style Crew

The New York Knicks may be fighting for their Playoff life right now, but it’s coming on the heels of their best regular season in over a decade. And while the Knicks work their way back toward true contender status, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the iconic players who wrote the legends still revered in Gotham today. From Clyde to Phil, from Willis to Ewing, from Bradley to Bernard, flip through the gallery below and check the images.

What’s your favorite look of all-time? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #NBAStyle

Last night in an … ending

by Micah Hart

They say all good things must come to an end (whoever they is), and last night, Kevin Love‘s impressive streak of 53 straight double doubles came to an end with his six-point, 12-rebound performance in Minnesota’s 100-77 loss at Golden State.

First and foremost, am I the only one who assumed that the streak would end for a lack of rebounds rather than points? That’s not even to say that Love is a dynamic scorer, and with full knowledge that he is a beast on the boards, but still, points are generally collected two at a time.

I am tempted to consider Love’s accomplishment a tad overblown (as the stat isn’t officially counted by the NBA and, according to Elias, Wilt Chamberlain had a 227-game streak at one point), but at the same time, if it were so easy, then how come so many of the game’s other great big men (Shaq, Tim Duncan, Patrick Ewing), could never do it?

Regardless of the historical context of Love’s 53, it’s still an impressive output, and from a guy who as recently as earlier this season WASN’T EVEN STARTING.

The streak is dead. Long live the streak.

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