Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix Suns’

That time Kobe scored 36 points in Summer League

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I spent the last week in Las Vegas at the Samsung NBA Summer League, watching some of the best and brightest young players in the NBA out there trying to make names for themselves. From the more known players, such as Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, to guys who maybe weren’t as well known but played great, like Glen Rice Jr. and Ray McCallum, there were plenty of terrific performances this summer.

This continues a long-running tradition of NBA players on the rise showing out in summer league. Yesterday, someone uncovered this video of Kobe Bryant back in 1996, before he’d played in an actual NBA game, dropping 36 points against the Phoenix summer league team while wearing number 32. Funny how similar his game looks then to the way he still plays now…


VIDEO: Kobe scores 36

NBA Rooks: An NBA dream begins

By Tyler Ennis, for NBA.com


VIDEO: New Suns guard Tyler Ennis talks about his Draft experience

Hi Everyone!

The last time I checked in I was getting ready for the Draft, working out and visiting teams all around the country. I am so excited to be writing this next entry as an NBA player for the Phoenix Suns. My lifelong dream has come true, and it has been non-stop ever since.

Right after I was drafted, I was told the general manager of the team would be calling, but by that point I only had about 3 percent battery left on my phone. Luckily my media escort had a portable charger in his pocket so I could plug in and charge before Ryan McDonough called. It was great to hear from him so soon, about how excited the team was to get me and meet me the following day.

The morning after the Draft I was on a plane to Phoenix with my family. There was an introductory press conference with some of the other guys that were drafted and a lot of local media. We had a few days to check out the city, and the last day we met all the team employees and some season ticket holders.

I had never been to Phoenix before so it was really nice to get to check out my new home, and I really liked it. The downtown area is really nice and there was a good amount of people around. I’m excited to learn everything about the city. Of course it was really hot, but I’m sure I won’t be complaining about that when winter comes around. It certainly will be really different than Syracuse winter!

I also had a chance to meet some of the guys that are on the team from last year. They stay at the gym and work out over the summer so I actually had a chance to play against a couple of them. Some will be at summer league to watch us play. It’s good to know the players want to be here and are always working on their game. We’re a young team so that is really important.

Now I am in Las Vegas at Summer League. We had a mini-camp that started last Tuesday so we had two-a-days for the last few days. It was a lot of learning the system and getting used to each other, but now we’re in to game play and it’s really fun.

I am really looking forward to getting comfortable on the court and with my teammates. It will be fun to see some of the other guys from the Draft and have a chance to play against them on their new teams. Last year the Suns made it to the championships at Summer League but lost, so I really hope I can start my career off right by helping to claim the trophy this year!

Check me out on Twitter @tdot_ennis and Instagram @tdot11.

No. 5 – A Hall Of Fame group

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

In college and in the NBA, Michael Jordan performed like a Hall of Famer.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Oscar Schmidt

Colleges/Countries: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton) and Brazil (Schmidt)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 131st overall by New Jersey Nets (Schmidt)

Draft fact: Five future members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame had their names called at the 1984 NBA Draft.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan talks after being taken No. 3 overall in the 1984 Draft

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No. 18 – A class with lots of hardware

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon won his lone MVP during the 1993-94 season.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Alvin Robertson, John Stockton, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Arkansas (Robertson), Gonzaga (Stockton), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 70th overall by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: The Class of 1984 has won the NBA Rookie of the Year, All-Star Game MVP, regular-season MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year 18 times as a collective group. Here’s the breakdown:

Rookie of the Year – Jordan

MVPs – Jordan (5), Olajuwon (1), Barkley (1)

All-Star MVP – Jordan (3), Stockton (1), Barkley (1)

Defensive Player of the Year — Jordan (1), Olajuwon (2), Robertson (1)

Coach of the Year – Carlisle (1)


VIDEO: Michael Jordan wins his second straight MVP during the 1992 season

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No. 26 – Sir Charles the scorer

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Charles Barkley

Rarely if ever did Charles Barkley not average 20 ppg.

Name: Charles Barkley

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 252 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 20, 1963

College: Auburn

Drafted in 1984: 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers

Draft fact: Charles Barkley, the No. 5 pick in the 1984 Draft, averaged 22.14 ppg throughout his career. That number puts him in 26th place on the all-time list in that category. From the 1985-86 season to the 1995-96 season, Barkley never averaged less than 20.0 ppg.


VIDEO: Charles Barkley drops 47 points on the Atlanta Hawks in a 1988 game

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No. 34 – This jersey suits Chuckster well

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Name: Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley made No. 34 a memorable number.

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 252 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 20, 1963

College: Auburn

Drafted in 1984: 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers

Draft fact: The No. 5 pick in the 1984 Draft, Charles Barkley wore a No. 34 jersey at Auburn University as well as with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns. His jersey has been retired by those teams and only twice did he not wear No. 34 – in 1991-92 (when he wore No. 32 in Philly) and from 1996-2000 (when he wore No. 4 with the Houston Rockets).


VIDEO: Relive the best moments from Sir Charles’ career in Philadelphia, Phoenix and Houston

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No. 56 — Barkley blisters Warriors in ’94

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Charles Barkley

Sir Charles dominated the Warriors in a 1994 playoff game.

Name: Charles Barkley

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 252

Birthday: Feb. 20, 1963

College: Auburn

Drafted in 1984: 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers

Draft fact: On May 4th, 1994, Charles Barkley — the 5th pick of the 1984 Draft — scored 56 points to power Phoenix’s elimination of Golden State in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.


VIDEO: Charles Barkley burns the Warriors for 56 points during the 1994 playoffs

We’re just 56 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 67 — Sir Charles dials from deep

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley’s 3-point stroke was true in 1992-93.

Name: Charles Barkley

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 252 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 20, 1963

College: Auburn

Drafted in 1984: 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers

Draft fact: During his MVP season with the Phoenix Suns in 1992-93, Charles Barkley nailed 67 3-point field goals. That total was the second-most 3-pointers Barkley, the No. 5 pick of the 1984 Draft, hit in a season during his career. He made his most 3-pointers in 1994-95, when he made 74 3s.


VIDEO: Sir Charles reflects on his playing days with the Phoenix Suns

We’re just 67 hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 75 — Barkley breaks 1,000 games

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of The84Draft on NBA TV.

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley had a long, illustrious NBA career.

Name: Charles Barkley

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 252 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 20, 1963

College: Auburn

Drafted in 1984: 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers

Draft fact: Charles Barkley, the fifth player chosen at the 1984 Draft, is ranked 75th on the NBA’s all-time games played list. For his career, Barkley appeared in 1,073 games, the eighth-highest total among 1984 draftees.


VIDEO: Relive Charles Barkley’s career with the Philadelphia 76ers

We’re just 75 hours away from The84Draft on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

Throwback Thursday: First round series to go seven


VIDEO: The Bulls and Celtics square off in an epic 2009 first-round series

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: First round series to go seven games

The NBA Playoffs are a magical time in the basketball universe as every game matters and each player gives it their all.

To honor the playoffs, this Thursday we look back at the 14 first-round series to go the full seven games (the first round expanded from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven format in 2003). Hopefully this year’s playoffs provide similar dramatics.

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


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: First Round Series to Go Seven

Which of these was your favorite series? Leave your comments below!