Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia 76ers’

Just Nerlens Noel dunking on a kid

By Jeff Case

Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel had a fantastic first season in the NBA, leading all rookies in rebounds (8.1 rpg), blocks (1.9 bpg) and double-doubles (18). He also was a pretty good offensive performer, averaging 9.9 ppg and showing off athleticism around the bucket time and again.

But, it’s the offseason for Noel, so he’s just chilling, playing basketball when he can and, oh yeah, dunking on little kids. Noel was one of the featured instructors at a Camp One in Louisville, Ky., and after things settled down for the day, he went one-on-one with a youngster.

It didn’t go well for that kid that day …

 

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!

Which team’s new uniform do you like best?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Draft is tomorrow, which means NBA teams have the opportunity to change their fortunes quickly. Another way teams can change their futures? With new uniforms. Today the Atlanta Hawks announced their new brand identity, making them the fourth NBA team this offseason to debut new uniforms/logos. Below we present all four, with your chance to vote for your favorite new look at the bottom…

ATLANTA HAWKS
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LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
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MILWAUKEE BUCKS
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PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
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UPDATE: New third jersey in Charlotte!

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

(via SLAM)

Happy Birthday Nick Young

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the All Ball blog’s favorite players, Lakers guard Nick Young.

Born in Los Angeles, Young played three years of college basketball at Southern Cal before turning pro and being drafted by the Washington Wizards. After five seasons in Washington, and brief stops with the Clippers and Sixers, Young ended up back home in Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers. A 6-7 swingman, Young plays with a shoot-first attitude. His confidence on the court is matched only by his confidence off the court, where he enjoys the self-popularized nickname Swaggy P and represents the best of the West Coast. He was also once almost killed by a dolphin.

To celebrate Swaggy P’s big day, let’s check out some of Nick’s greatest hits…


VIDEO: Inside Stuff w/ Swaggy P


VIDEO: Swaggy 3


VIDEO: Swaggy sideline


VIDEO: Nick Young serves as a tour guide in Hollywood

Philadelphia 76ers introduce new logos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Philadelphia 76ers are neck-deep in a rebranding effort, trying to flip their roster, adding a new mascot, and today the Sixers took another step, introducing a new step in their new “brand identity,” with a set of new logos. Still to come: new uniforms.

But for now, new logos. From the release…

The team’s new primary logo is a modern interpretation of the classic Sixers insignia, stylistically redeveloped to include a patriotic blue border with six white stars and “PHILADELPHIA” adorned across the heading. The familiar white basketball has been visually updated with a positional rotation of the seams. The emblematic ring of 13 stars present in the primary, partial and secondary logos continues to represent the original American Colonies.

And here they are…

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Allen Iverson takes over Sixers Twitter account

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides letting the players coach, yesterday the Sixers also brought back legendary guard Allen Iverson and gave him the controls to the team’s Twitter account to answer questions and interact with fans. Here are some of The Answer’s best answers…

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Sixers players take over playcalling duties

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s no surprise that NBA players sometimes call plays during games, but you don’t often see them grab the clipboard and draw up a play out of a timeout. But during last night’s season finale, the Sixers decided to get experimental. Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, both out injured, each took a turn drawing up a play…

Embiid in particular seems to have really embraced this, changing his Twitter name to “Coach” Embiid and pointing out his play worked…

Sixers mascot pranks players

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Philadelphia 76ers introduced a new mascot, Franklin, a few weeks ago, and alongside the regular furry version, they have an inflatable dog named Air Franklin. And what’s scarier than a huge inflatable dog coming to life and lunging at you? By the looks of this video, if you’re Nerlens Noel, pretty much nothing is scarier…


VIDEO: Air Franklin pranks

Happy Birthday Moses Malone

Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Moses Malone.

Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Malone committed to play college ball at the University of Maryland, but instead was drafted by the ABA’s Utah Stars and went directly from high school to the professional ranks.Two seasons later, the ABA and NBA merged and Moses joined the NBA. Malone spent his initial NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets, where he showed his ability to rebound and score in the paint. After winning three MVP awards in six seasons in Houston, the Rockets traded him to Philadelphia, where he teamed with Dr. J and won the 1983 NBA title. Malone later became something of a journeyman, playing for Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee and San Antonio. He retired in 1995 with 16,212 NBA rebounds, good for fifth all-time. Malone was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

To celebrate Moses’s big day, let’s go the videos…

VIDEO: Game Changers: Moses Malone


VIDEO: Moses with Red


VIDEO: Moses Nike ad