Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia 76ers’

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

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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!

Michael Carter-Williams pass reflects Sixers season

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just last week we saw a shot from Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams that fell short, much like the Sixers have done every game this season. Last night, MCW added another play to the Sixers’ struggle highlight reel. This time, MCW drove the paint and kicked the ball to the wing to a wide open…referee. My favorite part is how everyone just freezes when it happens. And at least the ref was Haywoode Workman, a former player.

(via TNLP)

Michael Carter-Williams shot reflects Sixers season

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Things are not going well for the Philadelphia 76ers this season. They have played 11 games, and they have lost all 11 games. This is not a surprise — the Sixers have been very open about their plan to be bad in order to get a top pick in the draft. They have some nice young talent on the roster — Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid — and you’d think they’d steal a win here or there. But looks can be deceiving, and the Sixers have been awful…which at least gives us something to talk about.

So last night against the Celtics, when MCW pulled up for a long three-pointer, then stood there holding his arm high on the follow-through, it looked like it was going to be a great shot! Instead, he got nothing but air. :(

(via r/NBA)

Allen Iverson would never want to coach

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While in the Philippines with a group of former NBA players, Allen Iverson was asked if he’d ever consider becoming a coach. This isn’t the first time Iverson’s been asked about this — at his jersey retirement back in March, Iverson said he would consider rec league or high school ball. But what’s great about the clip below is Iverson’s reasoning — can you say, “Practice?”

Horry Scale: Harris gets Magic’s 1st win

VIDEO: Harris’s game-winning buzzer-beater

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — According to the schedule, the official NBA season was already more than a week old coming into Wednesday night.  But those of us with the proverbial ice water in our veins and cooler hands than Luke know that the opera doesn’t really start until the sharpshooter slings.

We’re talking, of course, about the Horry Scale, that measuring stick for clutchness, that barometer of bombastic balling, that dagger-falling-out-of-the-sky delight that brings a worldwide community leaping up off the sofas and out of the La-Z-Boys to celebrate in joyous glee.

OK, so in this case it was the close friends and families of the Magic and Sixers.  But those who stayed to the end of what was a pretty darned entertaining game between a couple of teams still in search of their first win were rewarded by Tobias Harris.

Before we go any further, what is the Horry Scale? For those newbies, the Horry Scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time?), importance (playoff game or garden-variety night in November?) and celebration.  Then we give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys, the patron saint of last-second answered prayers.

One thing to get straight: The Horry Scale does not measure only a game-winning shot; the Horry Scale measures several facets of a GWBB. So we’re talking about not only the shot, but also the play that creates the shot, the situation and the drama, the celebrations … basically, everything surrounding and including the shot.  In short, it’s about the total package.


On Day Nine of the 2014-15 season, we finally got our first Horry Scale entrant when Harris came off a double-screen to the right side of the floor, caught a nice feed from Evan Fournier and coolly rose up to nail a step-back 18-footer over the outstretched right hand of a just-too-late Luc Mbah a Moute.  Harris got a good look because after Fournier took the inbounds pass from Elfrid Payton, he let the play unfold and delivered right on time.  Harris caught the ball in rhythm and made a clutch-but-not-ridiculously-impossible shot.


This was hardly Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers making his 0.9 second special to close out a playoff series last May.  In fact, it was a battle of two dead-last, 0-for-the-season teams that were looking for any kind of reason to celebrate.  It came following a jumper from the top of the key by the Sixers’ Henry Sims tied the score at 89 with 4.6 seconds left to play.  Following a timeout, the Magic executed just the way coach Jacque Vaughn drew it up on the whiteboard, with Harris capping off an 18-point night by delivering the first victory of the season to Orlando (1-4).  The Sixers continue on slumping at 0-5.


Let’s just say the Magic bench looked a bit more relieved than delirious to finally get that first notch on its belt. But the guys eventually gave their main man Harris a nice little jumping-jack reception.


Let’s face it, this game had little on the line except personal pride for both teams.  A middle of the week game between two sides with a combined 0-8 record at tipoff.  As we said earlier, it wasn’t a circus shot or even the kind where Harris barely had time to think.  It was cool and perfectly-executed.   A nice, overdue beginning, but we’re waiting for something a bit higher up the food chain to start dishing out the big scores.

I’m giving this one two Horrys and leaving room for plenty of improvement and much more significance in the coming months.

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