NBA photos

Gregg Popovich while playing for Air Force Academy, 1969.

Gregg Popovich while playing for Air Force Academy, 1969. - NBA photos

Gregg "Popo" Popovich's 1970 Air Force Academy yearbook entry.

Gregg "Popo" Popovich's 1970 Air Force Academy yearbook entry. - NBA photos

"4 rings and a poster, Chuck!"

"4 rings and a poster, Chuck!" - NBA photos

50 Greatest Players in NBA History

50 Greatest Players in NBA History - NBA photos

Players were chosen in 1996 to honor the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Steve Nash as a kid.

Steve Nash as a kid. - NBA photos

He also played lacrosse and rugby, but didn't play basketball until the eighth grade.

Kobe Bryant, age 11, plays in a fundraiser while living in Italy, 1989.

Kobe Bryant, age 11, plays in a fundraiser while living in Italy, 1989. - NBA photos

Charles Barkley and his infamous golf stroke.

Charles Barkley and his infamous golf stroke. - NBA photos

A referee tries to break up a fight between Mitch Kupchak and Hakeem Olajuwon.

A referee tries to break up a fight between Mitch Kupchak and Hakeem Olajuwon. - NBA photos

A young George Karl as a member of Dean Smith's North Carolina Tar Heels in the early 1970s.

A young George Karl as a member of Dean Smith's North Carolina Tar Heels in the early 1970s. - NBA photos

Russel Westbrook as a kid.

Russel Westbrook as a kid. - NBA photos

Four generations of champions.

Four generations of champions. - NBA photos

Danny Ainge and Kurt Rambis.

Danny Ainge and Kurt Rambis. - NBA photos

Artis Gilmore playing basketball against two giraffes.

Artis Gilmore playing basketball against two giraffes. - NBA photos

Muggsy Bogues as a point guard at Wake Forest, 1985.

Muggsy Bogues as a point guard at Wake Forest, 1985. - NBA photos

Charles Barkley enjoying a movie during his Philly days, late 80's.

Charles Barkley enjoying a movie during his Philly days, late 80's. - NBA photos

Battle for the ball, Bulls vs Knicks, 1992 playoffs.

Battle for the ball, Bulls vs Knicks, 1992 playoffs. - NBA photos

Bill Laimbeer trying to defend Kareem Abdul-Jabaar's sky hook.

Bill Laimbeer trying to defend Kareem Abdul-Jabaar's sky hook. - NBA photos

Bill Russell during a high jump competition, 1955.

Bill Russell during a high jump competition, 1955. - NBA photos

Bill Russell guards the lane against an Elgin Baylor drive during Game 4 of the 1966 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics.

Bill Russell guards the lane against an Elgin Baylor drive during Game 4 of the 1966 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics. - NBA photos

Blake as a kid.

Blake as a kid. - NBA photos

Current NO Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry (right) with Calvin Bowser, a college teammate, on campus at Appalachian St, 1975.

Current NO Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry (right) with Calvin Bowser, a college teammate, on campus at Appalachian St, 1975. - NBA photos

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt while playing for Princeton, 1980.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt while playing for Princeton, 1980. - NBA photos

The merger. Dave Cowens and Dr J pose for SI's 1976 issue. It was the first year after the ABA merged with the NBA.

The merger. Dave Cowens and Dr J pose for SI's 1976 issue. It was the first year after the ABA merged with the NBA. - NBA photos

Current Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens playing for DePauw , 1998.

Current Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens playing for DePauw , 1998. - NBA photos

Manute Bol and Spudd Webb.

Manute Bol and Spudd Webb. - NBA photos

Calvin Lane, the only man to dwarf Shaquille O'Neal.

Calvin Lane, the only man to dwarf Shaquille O'Neal. - NBA photos
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Celtics vs Bucks, 1974 NBA Finals, Game 6.

Celtics vs Bucks, 1974 NBA Finals, Game 6. - NBA photos

Charles Barkley acts in a sketch on Saturday Night Live with Paul Brittain.

Charles Barkley acts in a sketch on Saturday Night Live with Paul Brittain.  - NBA photos

Barkley hosted the show after appearing on NBC's coverage of the NFL Wild Card playoffs that same day.

Charles Barkley is not quite face-to-face with Manute Bol as the two have some words during a game in 1990.

Charles Barkley is not quite face-to-face with Manute Bol as the two have some words during a game in 1990. - NBA photos

NBA legends Clyde Drexler, Isiah Thomas, Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley chat during NBA All-Star Weekend.

NBA legends Clyde Drexler, Isiah Thomas, Wilt Chamberlain and Charles Barkley chat during NBA All-Star Weekend. - NBA photos

Chauncey-Billups 'Mr. Big Shot' half-court buzzer beater to force OT. [EC-Semifinals, Game 5, 2004]

Chauncey-Billups 'Mr. Big Shot' half-court buzzer beater to force OT. [EC-Semifinals, Game 5, 2004] - NBA photos

Tom Chambers goes for the dunk, while Charles Barkley looks on.

Tom Chambers goes for the dunk, while Charles Barkley looks on. - NBA photos

Dikembe and Vin Baker during a finger fight.

Dikembe and Vin Baker during a finger fight. - NBA photos

Chris Paul as a kid.

Chris Paul as a kid. - NBA photos

Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlain

Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlain - NBA photos

One of the earliest basketball photos, 1892.

One of the earliest basketball photos, 1892. - NBA photos

Current Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB, 1980.

Current Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays in MLB, 1980. - NBA photos

After three years with the Blue Jays, Ainge decided to pursue a career in basketball and was chosen in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, who had to buy out Ainge's contract from the Blue Jays after a legal battle.

Darryl Dawkins and Maurice Lucas square off.

Darryl Dawkins and Maurice Lucas square off. - NBA photos

Detroit Pistons legend and former mayor of Dteroit (2009-2013) Dave Bing grabs the reabound during a game vs Chicago Bulls.

Detroit Pistons legend and former mayor of Dteroit (2009-2013) Dave Bing grabs the reabound during a game vs Chicago Bulls. - NBA photos

Dean Smith's recruiting letter to Michael Jordan.

Dean Smith's recruiting letter to Michael Jordan. - NBA photos

George Karl dunks, 1996

George Karl dunks, 1996 - NBA photos

Is Dave Cowens standing on the scorer's table or jumping up and down? :)

Is Dave Cowens standing on the scorer's table or jumping up and down? :) - NBA photos

Dikembe has something to say to Darko.

Dikembe has something to say to Darko. - NBA photos

Dirk Nowitzki, age 12, playing tennis in Wuerzburg, Germany.

Dirk Nowitzki, age 12, playing tennis in Wuerzburg, Germany. - NBA photos

Don Nelson takes a free throw.

Don Nelson takes a free throw. - NBA photos

Vince Carte dunks over Federic Weis.

Vince Carte dunks over Federic Weis. - NBA photos

#AK47

#AK47 - NBA photos

Drazen Petrovic relaxes at home after practice, 1992. RIP

Drazen Petrovic relaxes at home after practice, 1992. RIP - NBA photos

Dr J and Phil Jackson.

Dr J and Phil Jackson. - NBA photos

Possibly the greatest haircut in NBA history, Dwayne Schintzius.

Possibly the greatest haircut in NBA history, Dwayne Schintzius. - NBA photos

Poster for the very first NBA game in history on Nov. 1, 1946,

Poster for the very first NBA game in history on Nov. 1, 1946, - NBA photos

Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens.

University of Kansas: from Wilt… to Wiggins.

University of Kansas: from Wilt… to Wiggins. - NBA photos

Artis Gilmore blocks a shot during his ABA days, playing for Kentucky Colonels.

Artis Gilmore blocks a shot during his ABA days, playing for Kentucky Colonels. - NBA photos

A female reporter compares hands with Giannis Antetokounmpo.

A female reporter compares hands with Giannis Antetokounmpo. - NBA photos

Dirk Nowitzki at his parents' house in Wurzburg, Germany, 1996.

Dirk Nowitzki at his parents' house in Wurzburg, Germany, 1996. - NBA photos

NSFW?

NSFW? - NBA photos

Dikembe after one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history, No. 8 Nuggets beat the No. 1 Seattle SuperSonics, 1994.

Dikembe after one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history, No. 8 Nuggets beat the No. 1 Seattle SuperSonics, 1994. - NBA photos

ABA-style Tim Duncan.

ABA-style Tim Duncan. - NBA photos

Grant Hill and teammates listen to Coach K during team video meeting, 1993.

Grant Hill and teammates listen to Coach K during team video meeting, 1993. - NBA photos

Anthony Mason at the barber, getting "Point God" shaved into his head. RIP

Anthony Mason at the barber, getting

Current Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon tries to box out Margo Dydek.

Current Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon tries to box out Margo Dydek. - NBA photos

Charles Barkley rocks a satin jumper on South Beach.

Charles Barkley rocks a satin jumper on South Beach. - NBA photos

Grant Hill and Tim Duncan take care of some chores during the 1998 NBA Lockout.

Grant Hill and Tim Duncan take care of some chores during the 1998 NBA Lockout. - NBA photos

Doc Rivers is less than pleased with Larry Bird as the two tangle during a 1987 Celtics-Hawks game.

Doc Rivers is less than pleased with Larry Bird as the two tangle during a 1987 Celtics-Hawks game. - NBA photos

Darryl Dawkins destroy the backboard.

Darryl Dawkins destroy the backboard. - NBA photos

Current Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and legendary coach Jack Ramsay.

Current Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and legendary coach Jack Ramsay. - NBA photos

Kareem flipping off.

Kareem flipping off. - NBA photos

Phil Jackson used to ride his bike to work at the Knicks,1974.

Phil Jackson used to ride his bike to work at the Knicks,1974. - NBA photos

Jam Session

Jam Session - NBA photos

The stars of the 1970's NBA gathered together...front row;l to r; campy russell-alvin adams-dennis johnson-calvin murphy/drums-norm nixon-john drew-lionel hollins.back row; LtoR;dan roundfield-george gervin-phil smith-darrell griffith-reggie theus-elvin hayes-maurice lucas-mychael thompson-artis gilmore-moses malone-bill cartwright- truck robinson-robert parish-rudy tomjanovich-bernard king-paul westphal-austin carr.

Jason Williams doing Jason Williams things.

Jason Williams doing Jason Williams things. - NBA photos

Michael Jordan, Kid 'n Play, Will-Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, early 90's.

Michael Jordan, Kid 'n Play, Will-Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, early 90's. - NBA photos

Jeff Van Gundy playing for Nazareth College, 1984.

Jeff Van Gundy playing for Nazareth College, 1984. - NBA photos

Utah Jazz coaching legend Jerry Sloan during his playing days with Chicago Bulls.

Utah Jazz coaching legend Jerry Sloan during his playing days with Chicago Bulls. - NBA photos

Michael jordan and Spike Lee.

Michael jordan and Spike Lee. - NBA photos

Julius Erving soars and stretches for what would become an iconic reverse layup in Game 4.

Julius Erving soars and stretches for what would become an iconic reverse layup in Game 4. - NBA photos

Inventor of basketball James Naismith introducing the new game to local kids.

Inventor of basketball James Naismith introducing the new game to local kids. - NBA photos

"The most important muscle you use while playing basketball is the one between your ears" ~Kareem to Bynum

"The most important muscle you use while playing basketball is the one between your ears" ~Kareem to Bynum - NBA photos

Karl Malone dunks during a Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs game.

Karl Malone dunks during a Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs game. - NBA photos

Current TNT analyst Kenny Smith cuts the net after his Houston Rockets won 1995 NBA Championship.

Current TNT analyst Kenny Smith cuts the net after his Houston Rockets won 1995 NBA Championship.  - NBA photos

His hairness.

His hairness. - NBA photos

Steve Kerr with his dogz.

Steve Kerr with his dogz. - NBA photos

Kevin Garnett during his rookie year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, 1995.

Kevin Garnett during his rookie year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, 1995. - NBA photos

Current Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale delivers a hard foul on Lakers forward Kurt Rambis in Game 4.

Current Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale delivers a hard foul on Lakers forward Kurt Rambis in Game 4. - NBA photos

LeBron's first dunk ever in the NBA, in Sacramento. 2003.

LeBron's first dunk ever in the NBA, in Sacramento. 2003. - NBA photos

Feet checking.

Feet checking. - NBA photos

Kobe dunks on Dwight Howard.

Kobe dunks on Dwight Howard. - NBA photos

Danny Ainge and Kurt Rambis.

Danny Ainge and Kurt Rambis. - NBA photos

Tim Duncan and David Robinson on a plane after winning 2003 NBA Championship. Steve Kerr is seen in the background.

Tim Duncan and David Robinson on a plane after winning 2003 NBA Championship. Steve Kerr is seen in the background. - NBA photos

Larry O'Brien with the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Larry O'Brien with the Larry O'Brien trophy. - NBA photos

Dr J dunks on Kareem durin an All-Star game.

Dr J dunks on Kareem durin an All-Star game. - NBA photos

LeBron without the sandals.

LeBron without the sandals. - NBA photos

Len Bias vs Michael Jordan in college.

Len Bias vs Michael Jordan in college. - NBA photos

Len Bias (r) RIP

Len Bias (r) RIP - NBA photos

Magic pass

Magic pass - NBA photos

Karl Malone, Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

Karl Malone, Tim Duncan and David Robinson. - NBA photos

Pistol Pete Maravich no-look pass.

Pistol Pete Maravich no-look pass. - NBA photos

Marc Gasol and Brandon Wright were rivals in High School, now teammates!

Marc Gasol and Brandon Wright were rivals in High School, now teammates! - NBA photos

ABA Mario.

ABA Mario. - NBA photos

Mark Bryant accidentally steps on the face of John Stockton during a 1991 Blazers-Jazz playoff game.

Mark Bryant accidentally steps on the face of John Stockton during a 1991 Blazers-Jazz playoff game. - NBA photos

No easy baskets. Pistons vs Bulls, late 80's, early 90's.

No easy baskets. Pistons vs Bulls, late 80's, early 90's. - NBA photos

Mason Plumlee sends waitress and the beers flying.

Mason Plumlee sends waitress and the beers flying. - NBA photos

At 6'11" Kevin McHale was rumored to have a 8' wingspan. May 11, 1981 SI cover.

At 6'11" Kevin McHale was rumored to have a 8' wingspan. May 11, 1981 SI cover. - NBA photos

Methodman & Anthony Mason

Methodman & Anthony Mason - NBA photos

Metta World Peace goes in the stands, thist time for the right reasons.

Metta World Peace goes in the stands, thist time for the right reasons. - NBA photos

Michael Jordan lay up over Doc Rivers and Dominique Wilkins.

Michael Jordan lay up over Doc Rivers and Dominique Wilkins. - NBA photos

Michael Jordan wiggles his finger to the wiggler himself Dikembe Mutombo, 1997.

Michael Jordan wiggles his finger to the wiggler himself Dikembe Mutombo, 1997. - NBA photos

Mike D'Antoni defends Norm Van Lier during a 1975 Bulls-Kings game.

Mike D'Antoni defends Norm Van Lier during a 1975 Bulls-Kings game. - NBA photos

MJ and Mugsy.

MJ and Mugsy. - NBA photos

Which one do you preffer?

Which one do you preffer? - NBA photos

Moses Malone in high school.

Moses Malone in high school. - NBA photos

Muggsy Bogues and Charles Barkley talk with Al Franken as Stuart Smalley during the Daily Affirmation skit on SNL.

Muggsy Bogues and Charles Barkley talk with Al Franken as Stuart Smalley during the Daily Affirmation skit on SNL. - NBA photos
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Steve Nash soccer pass to Amare, 2005 Slam Dunk contest.

Steve Nash soccer pass to Amare, 2005 Slam Dunk contest. - NBA photos

Nate Robinson playing football at Washington.

Nate Robinson playing football at Washington. - NBA photos

Nate blocks Yao.

Nate blocks Yao. - NBA photos

NBA food team.

NBA food team. - NBA photos

C. Brewer, Noah and Horford in college.

C. Brewer, Noah and Horford in college. - NBA photos

North Carolina's Vince Carter about to slam one home in 1998.

North Carolina's Vince Carter about to slam one home in 1998. - NBA photos

Pao or Pau?

Pao or Pau? - NBA photos

Kenny Smith tries to box out MJ.

Kenny Smith tries to box out MJ. - NBA photos

Patrick Ewing at the 1984 Final Four

Patrick Ewing at the 1984 Final Four - NBA photos

MJ and Magic.

MJ and Magic. - NBA photos

Rapper Percy 'Master P' Miller played for the Toronto Raptors in five games during the 1999 season.

Rapper Percy 'Master P' Miller played for the Toronto Raptors in five games during the 1999 season. - NBA photos

Pistol pass.

Pistol pass. - NBA photos
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Almost above the rim.

Almost above the rim. - NBA photos

Phil Jackson shoots over John Havlicek.

Phil Jackson shoots over John Havlicek. - NBA photos

Paul Peirce and Nate Robinson.

Paul Peirce and Nate Robinson. - NBA photos

Current Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder while playing for Coach K and Duke, 1988.

Current Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder while playing for Coach K and Duke, 1988. - NBA photos

Rajon Rondo's defensive effort during a college game.

Rajon Rondo's defensive effort during a college game. - NBA photos

Current Wahington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman shoot over Kevin Mchale, 1986.

Current Wahington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman shoot over Kevin Mchale, 1986. - NBA photos
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Ray Allen posts up Allen Iverson during a 1996 Big East Tournament game between Connecticut and Georgetown.

Ray Allen posts up Allen Iverson during a 1996 Big East Tournament game between Connecticut and Georgetown. - NBA photos

Ray Allen goes for the dunk.

Ray Allen goes for the dunk. - NBA photos
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dat reach! don't really know who this is.

dat reach! don't really know who this is. - NBA photos

Late great Reggie Lewis next to the caoching legend Red Auerbach statue. RIP

Late great Reggie Lewis next to the caoching legend Red Auerbach statue. RIP - NBA photos

Rick Barry drives past Stan Love (father of Kevin and Will Ferrel look-alike) during a 1973 Warriors-Lakers game.

Rick Barry drives past Stan Love (father of Kevin and Will Ferrel look-alike) during a 1973 Warriors-Lakers game. - NBA photos

Current Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle with Larry Bird, while playing for Boston Celtics. 1986

Current Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle with Larry Bird, while playing for Boston Celtics. 1986 - NBA photos

Rick Barry about to take a free throw.

Rick Barry about to take a free throw.  - NBA photos

Despite his unorthodox shot technique, he shot career 89% from the free throw line .

MJ plays Pac-Man.

MJ plays Pac-Man. - NBA photos

Rival stars Magic Johnson and Larry Bird of the Celtics battle beneath the rim in Game 1 of the 1985 Finals.

Rival stars Magic Johnson and Larry Bird of the Celtics battle beneath the rim in Game 1 of the 1985 Finals. - NBA photos

Doc Rivers and Rick Mahorn.

Doc Rivers and Rick Mahorn. - NBA photos

Robert 'Tractor' Traylor shatters the backboard after the dunk during a Ball State-Michigan game in 1998.

Robert 'Tractor' Traylor shatters the backboard after the dunk during a Ball State-Michigan game in 1998. - NBA photos

Robin Ficker, professional Michael Jordan Heckler.

Robin Ficker, professional Michael Jordan Heckler. - NBA photos

Tired Dennis Rodman at Spurs practice.

Tired Dennis Rodman at Spurs practice. - NBA photos

Rodamn's head compared to Shaq's shoe.

Rodamn's head compared to Shaq's shoe. - NBA photos

Old school rookie hazing. Young Scottie Pippen and Charles Oakley.

Old school rookie hazing. Young Scottie Pippen and Charles Oakley.  - NBA photos

Ruben Patterson enjoys a beer during in the middle of a 2002 Blazers-Grizzlies game

Ruben Patterson enjoys a beer during in the middle of a 2002 Blazers-Grizzlies game - NBA photos