Posts Tagged ‘Throwback Thursday’

Throwback Thursday: Payton and Roy


VIDEO: Hall of Fame — Gary Payton

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog and NBA TV. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives to uncover great images from way back when and, starting this summer, NBA TV will join in on the fun, airing the best games from the careers of our topic player(s) for that week. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball and NBA TV.

Today’s Topic: Gary Payton and Brandon Roy

It’s a birthday celebration here on Throwback Thursday, as we honor the careers of Gary Payton and Brandon Roy, who respectively turn 47 and 31 years old today.

Gary Payton

One of the greatest guards of all-time, Gary Payton brought a defensive tenacity to the game that may never be seen again. A nine-time All-Star, Payton was selected to nine-straight All-Defensive First Teams and won the Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. Take a look back at his incredible career:

VIDEO: Gary Payton’s best career plays

Photo Gallery: Through The Years
On NBA TV:

  • 6 a.m. / 3 p.m. ET — SuperSonics vs. Jazz, 1993 1st Round, Game 5 — Payton tallies 17 points and seven assists to power Seattle past Utah in the deciding game of the series
  • 8 a.m. / 5 p.m. ET — SuperSonics vs. Kings, 1996 1st Round, Game 4 — Payton drops 29 points on Sacramento with six rebounds and five assists to seal Seattle’s 3-1 series victory
  • 10 a.m. / 7 p.m. ET — SuperSonics vs. Jazz, 2000 1st Round, Game 4 — Payton erupts for 35 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds to force a decisive Game 5
  • 9 p.m. ET NBA TV Special: Looking Back at Gary Payton — A special look back at Gary Payton’s Hall of Fame career

Brandon Roy

Selected with the sixth pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Brandon Roy was an instant star in Portland as he won 2006 Rookie of the Year and earned All-Star honors for three-straight seasons from 2008-2010. Injuries cut his career short, but Blazers fans will always have fond memories of their former star. Relive some of Roy’s best NBA moments:

VIDEO: Brandon Roy’s best career plays

Photo Gallery: Through The Years
On NBA TV:

  • 12 p.m. ET — 2008 NBA All-Star Game — Roy tallies 18 points (8-10 FG), 9 rebounds and 5 assists in his first All-Star Game
  • 2 p.m. ET  — Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks, 2011 1st Round, Game 4 — Roy dominates to score 18 of his 24 points in the 4th quarter as Portland comes back from 23 points down to beat Dallas

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What will you remember most about Gary Payton and Brandon Roy? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Big Three forms in Miami


VIDEO: Heat Introduce Big Three

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: LeBron, Wade, Bosh Come Together

On July 9, 2010, the Miami Heat signed free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to contracts. From there, nothing would be the same for them, the Heat franchise or the NBA at large.

The Heat reached four straight NBA Finals during their four seasons together in Miami, winning two NBA championships over the span, and established the legacies for all three players. But, by the summer of 2014, James eventually left to return to Cleveland and things changed for Miami.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the Big Three’s four years in Miami … 

PHOTO GALLERY — Miami Heat’s Big Three

What was your favorite memory of the Big Three? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Celtics Win Finals Thriller


Gallery: Celtics win 1976 Finals Game 5 thriller

What are your favorite NBA Finals moments? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Michael Jordan


VIDEO: Michael Jordan’s top 10 plays from 1995-96

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: Michael Jordan wins 1995-96 MVP

In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls were on a mission to prove they were still an elite team. Thanks to having Michael Jordan back in the fold for a full season they more than accomplished that feat, all while Jordan reclaimed his place as the game’s top player.

The Bulls were 10-1 out of the blocks in 1995-96, then 23-2, then suddenly, after an 18-game win streak, 41-3. They got to 60-8 and broke the Los Angeles Lakers’ record of 69 wins on April 16, 1996 with an 86-80 win in Milwaukee.

Although that team was stacked with talent — Ron Harper, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman and others — it was Jordan who powered the success. As such, he ran away with the MVP that season, amassing a record 96.5 percent of the possible first-place votes (109 of 113) from the media to win the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. It was his fourth overall MVP and for the season, Jordan averaged 30.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, and 2.2 spg.

In honor of Jordan’s feat, we take a look back at the storied career of perhaps the NBA’s greatest player ever:


Gallery: Michael Jordan’s career

What are your favorite Jordan memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Celtics win 14th championship


VIDEO: Celtics win Game 6 over Rockets to capture 14th NBA championship

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: Celtics win 14th NBA championship

On May 14, 1981, Larry Bird delivered for the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 1981 NBA Finals to score 27 points with 13 rebounds as Boston dropped Houston to win the franchise’s 14th NBA championship.

Bird, 24 years old at the time, was already a dominant force during his second season in the league. He averaged 21.9 points, 14.0 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.3 steals during the 1981 Playoffs and 15.3 points, 15.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.3 steals during the 1981 Finals. His late 3-pointer during Game 6 was key to the Celtics’ winning their first of three championships in the 1980s, but Cedric Maxwell’s steady performance during the Finals was good enough for him to win 1981 Finals MVP. Maxwell averaged 17.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists to go along with stifling defense throughout the series. The Celtics’ acquisition of Maxwell along with Kevin McHale and Robert Parish during the summer of 1980 was critical to Boston’s success in the 1980-81 season and for years to come. That, along with the continued rise of three-time MVP (1984-86) Larry Bird.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor the 1981 Celtics by looking back at the historic career of Larry Bird.


Gallery: Larry Bird’s Career

What are your favorite Larry Bird and/or Boston Celtics memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Reggie Miller scores 8 points in 9 seconds


VIDEO: Reggie Miller scores 8 in 9 seconds

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: Reggie Miller wills Pacers to victory

Reggie Miller ripped the collective heart out of New York Knicks fans 20 years ago today when he erupted for eight points in nine seconds to power the Indiana Pacers to a 107-105 win in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference semifinals (here’s the box score from that game).

The sold out Madison Square Garden crowd was sure the hometown Knicks had a victory in hand as they led 105-99 with 18 seconds left. But Miller had other ideas as he sank a 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left, stole the in-bounds pass and sank another three to tie the game with 13.2 seconds left, then grabbed a defensive rebound, drew a foul and sank two game-winning free throws to give Indiana the lead with 7.5 seconds remaining. Miller finished the game with 31 points and lifelong animosity from New York Knicks fans.

To honor this remarkable performance, this Throwback Thursday we look back at the Hall of Fame career of Reggie Miller.


Gallery: Reggie Miller’s Career

What are your favorite Reggie Miller memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Bucks win title


VIDEO: Relive Milwaukee’s run to the 1970 championship

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: Bucks win lone championship

Oscar Robertson came to Milwaukee via a trade before the start of the 1970-71 season and had already amassed a career full of accolades, including an MVP, a triple-double season and more. What had eluded him, though, was a championship and he was hoping that a move to the Bucks — which paired him with young center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — would fill that hole on his resume.

Robertson ended up being right as the Bucks rumbled over the entire NBA in 1970-71, amassing 66 wins and reaching The Finals in just their third season of existence. Once on the NBA’s championship stage, Milwaukee didn’t waste any time and swept the Baltimore Bullets, beating them 118-106 in Game 4 on April 30, 1971. That victory gave the city its first (and only) NBA title.

In honor of the Bucks’ championship-clinching win, we take a look back at them and several other great teams from the 1970s:


Gallery: Abdul-Jabbar, Bucks claim title

What are your favorite Bucks championship team memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Jerry West


VIDEO: Jerry West was a legendary NBA scorer

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: Jerry West’s Finals feat

Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West is associated with many feats in NBA lore, but on this date 46 years ago, he pulled off one of his greatest ever.

In Game 1 of the 1969 NBA Finals, West scored 53 points to lift the Lakers to a 120-118 win over the Boston Celtics. Although the Celtics would eventually go on to win the series in seven games, West held a place in NBA lore for many years to come. His 53 points stood as a Finals record until Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls broke it with a 55-point effort in Game 4 of the 1993 NBA Finals (a 111-105 Chicago victory over the Phoenix Suns).

In honor of West’s Finals feat all those years ago, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best shooting guards in NBA history:


Gallery: Jerry West’s career

What are your favorite Abdul-Jabbar memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


VIDEO: Relive Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s storied NBA career

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: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Birthday

Rare is the person who shares his or her birthday with a moment in their (future) chosen field, but such is the case for NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Hall of Famer won six MVPs, six NBA championships, is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and is considered by many to be the best center of all time.

And, apart from those accolades, he also shares his birthday with a bit of NBA lore. He was born in New York on the same day that the opening game of the first NBA Finals was played — with the Philadelphia Warriors defeating the Chicago Stags 84-71 in Game 1.

Abdul-Jabbar went on to play in a record 20 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, setting an NBA record for points scored (38,387).

In honor of Abdul-Jabbar turning 68 today, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best big men in NBA history:


Gallery: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career

What are your favorite Abdul-Jabbar memories? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: John Stockton


VIDEO: Great plays marked John Stockton’s storied career

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: John Stockton

When the 1984 Draft was held, the big names from the college ranks were well known by most: Michael Jordan, Sam Bowie, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Willis, Sam Perkins and Charles Barkley, just to name a few. Those players were all off the board by the time the Utah Jazz made their first-round pick at No. 16, when they chose Gonzaga point guard John Stockton.

Few would have guessed it at the time, but the Jazz were picking a player who would go on become the NBA’s all-time leader in two major statistical categories: assists (15,806) and steals (3,265). In his 19 seasons with Utah, Stockton led the NBA in assists nine consecutive seasons, was a 10-time All-Star, a two-time gold medal-winner with Team USA, one of the 50 Greatest Players of All-Time and played in the playoffs every season of his career (as well as in two NBA Finals).

In honor of Stockton turning 53 today, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best playmaking point guards in NBA history:


Gallery: John Stockton’s career

What are your favorite Stockton memories? Leave your comments below!