Posts Tagged ‘Seattle Super Sonics’

Ray Allen got an awesome birthday cake

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — NBA great Ray Allen is turning 40 this weekend, so of course he’s having a party and a cake and everything goes along with a birthday celebration. But he’s not just having any old cake, as we see in the Instagram photo below, but instead a cake that incorporates every team he’s played for and uniform he’s worn…

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…


Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine threw out the first pitch at a Twins game before they played his (former) favorite team, the Angels. I like how fired up he is after meeting Mike Trout

VIDEO: LaVine pitch

Staying in Minnesota, just last night, Andrew Wiggins took the hill to give it a shot. Have to say, I think he threw a strike…

Throwback Thursday: Best teams of the 1970s

VIDEO: Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dominated during the 1970s

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: Best Teams of 1970s

This week we continue our Throwback Thursday: Best Teams of Each Decade series by looking at the best teams to play in the 1970s.

Make sure to check back next week for our look at the best teams of the 1980s!

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

Gallery: TBT: Best Teams of 1970s

Previous weeks:

Best Teams of 1940-50s
Best Teams of 1960s

Which of these teams do you think would do best in today’s NBA? Leave your comments below!

Gary Payton Still Carries Around His Blockbuster Video Card

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Story time: A couple of years ago, Wifey and I were on vacation in Europe, and we were staying in a hotel where, once inside your room, you were required to insert your room key into a slot in the wall to be able to turn on the lights and power inside your room. This seems to be a common feature of hotels in Europe, or at least several of the places I’ve stayed. We’d spent the day sightseeing, and had reached the point where my wife wanted to go shopping and I wanted to take a nap. So I went back to the hotel and went on up the room. I was standing in the hallway outside our door when I realized my wife had our only key to the room with her. I was going to head back down to the front desk and grab a spare when the maid walked by, recognized me, and let me into the room. But once inside, I realized I couldn’t power up the room.So no lights, no TV, nothing.

It was only then, reduced to improvising, that I started digging through my wallet, where I found my old Hollywood Video rental card. Even though we were well into the age of streaming video and movies on demand, I somehow had not cleaned out my wallet in years and was still toting this useless card around. But wait, at least as far as the useless part: I pulled out that card and slid it into the light switch slot, and it fit perfectly. And everything was illuminated.

I tell this story because yesterday on Twitter, we found out that NBA Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Gary Payton still carries around his Blockbuster video card. Blockbuster may have closed their last U.S. location a few weeks back, but hey, if it’s good enough for The Glove, it’s good enough for me…

(via TNLP)

How Ray Allen Found Motivation


MIAMI — Admittedly, I have a special place in my heart for SLAM magazine. I worked there full time for a decade, and spent the last two years as SLAM‘s editor at large before I got drafted by So I’ve spent a lot of time in and around and inside the SLAM world. But yesterday I learned something new about SLAM that I never knew: Ray Allen credits SLAM with giving him daily motivation throughout his career.

SLAM‘s 20th anniversary issue is dropping soon, and as part of the issue, the guys at SLAM talked to a bunch of former cover athletes. When the folks at SLAM caught up with Ray Allen, he brought up something that has apparently been stuck in his craw for years:

I’ve had one gripe my whole career about SLAM and I still keep it ‘til this day. It’s probably one of my sole motivators on a daily basis and I don’t know if I ever told anybody this. When that article came out with all of us on the cover [of SLAM 15], it had the (predicted) accolades on the inside. It said most likely to win MVP, most likely to do this. One of them said most likely to fade into obscurity…..and it was me. I was 21 and I knew what obscurity meant, but I had to look it up because I needed to make sure. It pissed me off because I felt I was going to leave my mark on this league. Whoever wrote that pissed me off and it gave me motivation my whole career. I was like I want to be somebody who I’m going to leave my lasting mark on this league. As much as it pissed me off, it was a good thing because it always made me remember that there were people who thought I wasn’t going to be good. So that was motivation.

Ray was referring to the “Rookies Most Likely…” yearly feature, where SLAM writers assign a bunch of different awards to a bunch of different rooks. That is admittedly a thankless task, because there are only so many rookies, so we always ended up selecting guys who probably didn’t deserved to be singled out, but were basically caught up in a numbers game.

But hey, it could be worse, I suppose. At least Ray Allen figured out how to shoot corner threes.