Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia 76ers’

It’s never sunny in Philadelphia

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a frigid winter the last few months here in the Northeast — snow, sleet, and frigid temperatures. I’m in New York City, and it’s been so rough that I’ve tried my best to stay indoors as much as possible, sitting here blogging in front of the heater.

But apparently there are some places where even being inside doesn’t help. The Philadelphia 76ers play in the Wells Fargo Center, and from the looks of things, it’s cold in that arena.

Last week, the Indiana Pacers had a shootaround in Philly where they were, apparently, freezing…

Then, last night, it was apparently cold enough that even while sitting on the bench, Toronto’s Patrick Patterson had to break out the gloves…

Someone needs to invite the Heat to town…

Throwback Thursday: Barkley Reaches Milestone


VIDEO: NBA90s: Charles Barkley

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: Barkley Reaches 10,000-Rebound, 20,000-Point Club

On this date in 1996, Charles Barkley pulled down his 10,000th rebound to become at the time just the 10th player in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds and 20,000 points. There are now 16 players who have accomplished this milestone, with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan joining the club in recent years. With his 4,215 career assists, Barkley joins Garnett, Wilt ChamberlainKareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as the only players to accumulate 20,000-plus points, 10,000-plus rebounds and 4,000-plus assists in a career.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor “Sir” Charles Barkley’s Hall-of-Fame career.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Charles Barkley

What’s your favorite Charles Barkley moment? Leave your comments below

Cavs unveil an on-court arcade

By Jeff Case

Video games and basketball are pretty closely intertwined these days, what with all the excitement that bubbles up with the latest version of NBA 2K and the trash talk it inspires among fans and NBA players, too.

A select number of NBA teams, too, have taken to unveiling and using fancy on-court pregame introductions. The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the first to do it and the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks have done it, too.

So with those two ideas in mind, the Cavs combined them (sorta) by allowing fans to “play” a video game on the Quicken Loans Arena court during timeouts. Check it out …


VIDEO: Cavs on-court video game

Philadelphia 76ers unveil new mascot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The last time the Philadelphia 76ers had a mascot was in 2011, when they were represented by an athletic rabbit named Hip Hop. The Sixers then began rebuilding their organization from the top-down, and part of that project included setting Hip Hop free in a field somewhere.

But today, after a few years of going mascot-less, the Sixers have found a new representative. Their new mascot is Franklin, a dog with a name that hearkens to Ben Franklin, and one of Philly’s most famous residents.

Today, we met Franklin…

And it didn’t take Franklin long to call out noted mascot scourge Robin Lopez

Sixers rookie finds out being a rookie can be no fun

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Philadelphia 76ers rookie JaKarr Sampson is averaging 3.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 36 games this season. But the key part of that sentence is the word “rookie.” Because being a rookie in the NBA can require all sorts of dirty duties: picking up doughnuts and coffee, carrying luggage, having to wear a goofy outfit on a road trip.

Or, as Sampson found out today, maybe you walk out of practice and find your car completely wrapped in aluminum fool. More like aluminum foul…

Throwback Thursday: Wilt Chamberlain traded


VIDEO: Relive Wilt Chamberlain’s early days in life and the NBA

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

In the modern NBA, virtually no player is untradeable. That belief was true, too, in the early days of the NBA — even for a future Hall of Famer like Wilt Chamberlain.

Despite being named both Rookie of the Year and MVP in his first NBA season (1959-60) with the then-Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors, Chamberlain found himself on the trading block. In the middle of the 1964-65 season — one that would result in the first of three straight NBA MVPs for Chamberlain — he was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 15, 1965 for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer and cash.

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

Gallery: Wilt Chamberlain’s career

What’s your favorite Kevin McHale memory? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Best NBA Teams Of All-Time


VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s Top 10 Plays – 1996

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’s Best Teams

On January 8, 1997, the NBA announced the Top 10 Teams in NBA history as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. The list was created by members of the media and presented without ranking.

Top 10 Teams Of All-Time

1964-65 Boston Celtics
1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers
1969-70 New York Knicks
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers
1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers
1985-86 Boston Celtics
1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
1988-89 Detroit Pistons
1991-92 Chicago Bulls
1995-96 Chicago Bulls

To honor this historic group of teams, we look back at the best teams from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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


Gallery: Best Teams – 1960s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1970s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1980s


Gallery: Best Teams – 1990s 

Who do you think is the best team of all-time? Should a team after 1997 be included in the top 10? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or leave a comment below.

Top Plays Spotlight: Ravenous Hawks

Western Conference supremacy? Tell that to the Atlanta Hawks right now, who have won nine straight games against the West, including a stretch through Houston, Dallas, Portland and L.A. (Clippers).

If there was a mystery as to why they are playing so well over the past six weeks, last night’s performance against the Memphis Grizzlies was illuminating. Jeff Teague balled for 25 points and a late-game closeout performance. Kyle Korver sealed matters with a trey in the final minute.

But it was their defense that shined the most. Simple plain harassment. By the time the final buzzer sounded, “Da Hawks” plucked the Grizzlies 17 times, the most ever in Philips Arena. Putting it into more context, over the past six games, the Hawks have forced 111 turnovers. That’s 18.5 a night. The Philadelphia 76ers cough up the pill a league-worst 19.2 times a night.

Last night, we saw a principled defensive bunch pester its way to another win.


VIDEO: Hawks fly everywhere vs. Memphis, set franchise home record with 17 steals

Tyronn Lue poses for picture with fan wearing Iverson shirt

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments in Allen Iverson‘s career came in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. Iverson’s Sixers squared off against the Lakers, and Iverson put on a performance for the ages, finishing with 48 points in Philly’s overtime win. But the moment seared in everyone’s brains from that game was probably when Iverson shook free from Lakers guard Tyronn Lue, and then drained a jumper as Lue tripped and fell. Then, Iverson turned and with an exaggerated gait, stepped over the prone Lue on his way back up the court. (Lue and the Lakers got the last laugh, however, winning the next four games of the series to take the 2001 NBA title.)

Iverson retired and has moved on from the game, but Lue remains involved with the NBA, and he currently works as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers. So when the Cavs recently visited Philadelphia, a fan wearing a shirt depicting the Iverson/Lue moment asked Lue for a photo. To Lue’s credit, he obliged, albeit with a bit of a smirk.


VIDEO: Lue Shirt

And if you want more AI moments, here are his top ten plays of all time. Always worth a few minutes of your time…


VIDEO: AI Top 10

Mike Conley spills fan’s drink

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the Memphis Grizzlies engineered a come-from-behind overtime win, beating the 76ers 120-115 behind 36 points from point guard Mike Conley. But apparently it wasn’t enough for Conley to only dominate the Sixers on the floor — with an errant (or well-placed, I suppose, depending) pass in the third quarter, he also managed to perfectly upend a front-row patron’s drink. Head’s up!