100 classic basketball photos

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1. Oscar Robertson

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BP4iANMCMAIZkNn.jpg:large

polyphonic, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 19:57 (six years ago) link

that atlanta hawks uniform is amazing

Treeship, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 20:03 (six years ago) link

foto is str8 fire gorgeous

neil degrasse (m bison), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 20:04 (six years ago) link

looking at that, i am a bit concerned about their ankles in those low-top shoes

Treeship, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 20:05 (six years ago) link

the background is what really makes that one pop imo, the way the crowd is this blurry blued mass and the players are extra sharp in the foreground.

undescended listicle (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 20:06 (six years ago) link

I think the Hawks player is Butch Beard.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 20:07 (six years ago) link

With all those fans in the seats, I'm thinking that first pic must have been taken in the playoffs.

Aimless, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:31 (six years ago) link

damn that's about as good as it gets

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:45 (six years ago) link

They didn't play each other in the playoffs that year.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:45 (six years ago) link

butch beard is an amazing name

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 23 July 2013 23:55 (six years ago) link

that photo is damn near perfect

z-time champion (agent hibachi), Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:11 (six years ago) link

3. A classic we can't overlook

http://thatsenuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Wilt-Chamberlain-100.jpg

Clay, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 02:19 (six years ago) link

grrrate topic!

6 http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lsidorAjUq1qm9rypo1_1280.jpg

moullet, Wednesday, 24 July 2013 23:52 (six years ago) link

ooh lovin' that one, great find

Clay, Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:03 (six years ago) link

7.
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lv5onqzEL01qzurtfo1_1280.png

moullet, Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:39 (six years ago) link

8

http://www.chicagomag.com/whet/chicago-bulls-championship.jpg

Clay, Thursday, 25 July 2013 01:12 (six years ago) link

lol Stockton

rip van wanko, Thursday, 25 July 2013 01:19 (six years ago) link

just realized that guy on the right of the wilt-russell pic is don nelson!

circles, Thursday, 25 July 2013 01:52 (six years ago) link

something about the composition of this one, or the colors, makes me think of outer space

10.
http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/1202/classic.ucla.basketball.photos/images/0.Lew.Alcindor.hook.jpg

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:33 (six years ago) link

gorgeous photo. do you know who the players are?

Treeship, Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:34 (six years ago) link

Lew Alcindor aka Kareem making the hook shot, UCLA v Houston '68

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:36 (six years ago) link

cool to see treeship and vegemite girl here on ilh, maybe all we needed was classic photoz to bring on new recruits

Clay, Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:40 (six years ago) link

xpost I'm a sucker for sports photos, what can I say :D (sorry to crash the thread)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:48 (six years ago) link

god those sonics jerseys were HORRIBLE

neil degrasse (m bison), Thursday, 25 July 2013 04:51 (six years ago) link

Don't be sorry!

Clay, Thursday, 25 July 2013 05:37 (six years ago) link

You know we are gonna have to go way beyond 100

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http://aloneinthegreenroom.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/rodman_dive_600.jpg

caek da killa (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Thursday, 25 July 2013 06:22 (six years ago) link

forgot to add this to the Rick Barry one up there

16b
http://www.sfexaminer.com/binary/5aba/Rick_Barry.jpg

caek da killa (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Thursday, 25 July 2013 06:35 (six years ago) link

boom

caek da killa (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Thursday, 25 July 2013 06:54 (six years ago) link

24.

http://www.nba.com/media/celtics/red_russell_havlicek600400.jpg

Clay, Thursday, 25 July 2013 07:05 (six years ago) link

in re 10, I generally love basketball photos where it's all dark in the background and there's one bright flash

PJ. Turquoise dealer. Chatroulette addict. Andersonville. (Hurting 2), Thursday, 25 July 2013 13:26 (six years ago) link

barooooooon˜˜˜~killa dunk!!!

moullet, Thursday, 25 July 2013 15:09 (six years ago) link

IF you're gonna do Vince you have to have the all time classic dunk:

http://sportschump.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Vince-Carter-Frederic-Weis.jpg

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 25 July 2013 22:22 (six years ago) link

Yah

caek da killa (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Thursday, 25 July 2013 22:38 (six years ago) link

The photo isn't that good though imo

polyphonic, Thursday, 25 July 2013 22:39 (six years ago) link

There are plenty of classic photos that aren't great as pics but are classic nonetheless.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 25 July 2013 22:43 (six years ago) link

yeah there's a big difference (at least to me) between capturing an awesome physical feat, and taking a great basketball photo

imo

the pen is mightier than the penisword (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 July 2013 22:58 (six years ago) link

occasionally the venn diagram crosses over

the pen is mightier than the penisword (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 25 July 2013 22:59 (six years ago) link

and when it does sweet jesus look out.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 25 July 2013 22:59 (six years ago) link

yah i have been bummed at the dearth of good pics (free online, anyway) of classic moments i've looked for

mookieproof, Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:43 (six years ago) link

why is #16 setting a pick on his teammate

mookieproof, Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:43 (six years ago) link

no wonder the celts won 8 in a row, they were playing the washington generals every game

neil degrasse (m bison), Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:45 (six years ago) link

I'm still v concerned about their ankles in those Cons

the pen is mightier than the penisword (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:55 (six years ago) link

because cousy was a wizard, mookie

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Saturday, 27 July 2013 03:20 (six years ago) link

the lighting for these old games looks like it was terrible for basketball but great for photography

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Saturday, 27 July 2013 03:22 (six years ago) link

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http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzwzs5pkdy1qm9rypo1_1280.jpg

moullet, Sunday, 28 July 2013 16:57 (six years ago) link

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http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9j9uyew0O1qm9rypo1_1280.jpg

moullet, Sunday, 28 July 2013 17:22 (six years ago) link

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http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m66vx1U2Nq1r10tndo1_1280.jpg

moullet, Sunday, 28 July 2013 17:31 (six years ago) link

(37)

the pen is mightier than the penisword (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 28 July 2013 18:02 (six years ago) link

I'm still v concerned about their ankles in those Cons

Better their ankles than their knees.

Wait, I'm a Warriors/Steph Curry fan, Veg OTM.

Louie Althusser (Leee), Sunday, 28 July 2013 18:28 (six years ago) link

Didn't know that Don Nelson was the inspiration for Chris Mullin's haircut.

May I Call You Jiggleee? (Leee), Monday, 29 July 2013 00:20 (six years ago) link

Speaking of Don, his free throw technique deserves a place here:

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http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/qKcOUZtIDHggXwrrB4Wz1w--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NQ--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnbaexperts/NellieSixers51112.jpg

EZ Snappin, Monday, 29 July 2013 00:37 (six years ago) link

lmao nellieballs

what does ;_; mean in remorse code (m bison), Monday, 29 July 2013 01:10 (six years ago) link

inventor of basketball looks wistfully at his creation
"it's a decent idea right now but...what if, someday, someone could dunk this shit?"

xp

what does ;_; mean in remorse code (m bison), Monday, 29 July 2013 02:55 (six years ago) link

dont post starbury/KG pics, we got twolves fans in here!

what does ;_; mean in remorse code (m bison), Monday, 29 July 2013 02:55 (six years ago) link

theyre gonna start remembering a time when there was so much promise and hope and then get depressed

what does ;_; mean in remorse code (m bison), Monday, 29 July 2013 02:56 (six years ago) link

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http://meansheets.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/iceman.jpg

Matt Armstrong, Monday, 29 July 2013 03:06 (six years ago) link

Addition to the Shawn Kemp edition
18c
http://cdn.tss.uproxx.com/TSS/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/shawn-kemp-supersonics.jpg

caek da killa (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Monday, 29 July 2013 04:20 (six years ago) link

I hate to say it, but a lot of these publicity stills and dunk contest shots just don't do it for me as classic basketball photos. Game time is where classic hoops happens.

Aimless, Monday, 29 July 2013 05:00 (six years ago) link

idk man, that Clyde shot is next level.

caek da killa (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Monday, 29 July 2013 05:19 (six years ago) link

Nellie free throw in action:
http://i.imgur.com/RHhCVuS.gif

May I Call You Jiggleee? (Leee), Sunday, 11 August 2013 00:54 (six years ago) link

Nellie's a really interesting player:

http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/n/nelsodo01.html

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 11 August 2013 03:45 (six years ago) link

that 74-75 season!

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 11 August 2013 03:46 (six years ago) link

http://ballislife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/KG-Ray.jpg
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moullet, Sunday, 11 August 2013 06:35 (six years ago) link

classic basketball screencaps

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 11 August 2013 06:38 (six years ago) link

wilt just doesn't look human sometimes

blinded by aggro (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 15 August 2013 04:31 (six years ago) link

incredible stems

Hooks on Phoenix worked for me (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Thursday, 15 August 2013 04:31 (six years ago) link

how bout that one of him throwing up like 80 bricks

Hooks on Phoenix worked for me (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Thursday, 15 August 2013 04:41 (six years ago) link

let the man have a moment

blinded by aggro (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 15 August 2013 04:48 (six years ago) link

tmac riding bradley is a contender for best dunk pic of the decade

Pope Cuddlestein (symsymsym), Tuesday, 27 August 2013 23:15 (six years ago) link

#controversialhoopsopinions

Pope Cuddlestein (symsymsym), Tuesday, 27 August 2013 23:30 (six years ago) link

Ferocious

I’m pissed off for greatness (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Tuesday, 27 August 2013 23:40 (six years ago) link

Relevant:
http://andrise.com/classic-nba-in-color/

I’m pissed off for greatness (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Thursday, 29 August 2013 05:42 (six years ago) link

lol greg kite

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:54 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Holy shit this goddamn fucking iPad has now swallowed two posts of varying lengths where I rhapsodize about the red paint background VC pic, complain that more nba photogs should use off camera flashes, and shame the op for not using this extra classic Oscar photo to start things off (68):

http://ballislife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/oscar-robertson-cincinnati.jpg

Call me Shitmael (CompuPost), Thursday, 19 September 2013 21:01 (six years ago) link

Why would that even happen

polyphonic, Thursday, 19 September 2013 21:35 (six years ago) link

five months pass...
one month passes...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmUvuWWCYAAcIxt.jpg

Two NBA champion coaches

polyphonic, Monday, 28 April 2014 17:54 (five years ago) link

That's Spo as a kitten. Nice find.

Aimless, Monday, 28 April 2014 23:06 (five years ago) link

That's only classic if you know that it is a photo of a three-pointer taken with under 0.9 seconds left, to decide a super-close playoff series, and it went in, making the final score 99-98, thus taking the series 4-2. Otherwise, it's only a middling interesting photo.

epoxy fule (Aimless), Sunday, 4 May 2014 04:30 (five years ago) link

well duh, all these photos need context

micah, Sunday, 4 May 2014 04:37 (five years ago) link

idk, most of these are awesome regardless of context.

imago all the sheeple (Spottie), Sunday, 4 May 2014 06:17 (five years ago) link

wow

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 6 May 2014 21:06 (five years ago) link

I think the lillard shot is cool as shit even without the context. I like the composition a lot, the way the figures are positioned/space, there's an intensity and tension to it, and I like how the most important action is in the corner and understated. I'm sure I'm reading into it, but something about the photo itself *feels* like photo of a potentially gamewinning shot.

Doritos Loco Parentis (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 6 May 2014 21:12 (five years ago) link

I think its cool as well xp. Cool that all ten players are in it

imago all the sheeple (Spottie), Tuesday, 6 May 2014 21:52 (five years ago) link

yeah and the way all five one-to-one matchups are so tight and well-positioned

Doritos Loco Parentis (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 03:44 (five years ago) link

not to mention grappling in the foreground

Doritos Loco Parentis (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 7 May 2014 03:45 (five years ago) link

thats great. dunleavy lol. battier looks ripped

Spottie, Sunday, 18 May 2014 02:27 (five years ago) link

wow, that's a helluva christmas ornament

sitting on a claud all day gotta make your butt numb (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 18 May 2014 04:53 (five years ago) link

wow jvg hugging zo's leg

smooth hymnal (m bison), Monday, 19 May 2014 01:15 (five years ago) link

Such a bizarre moment in basketball.

Spottie, Monday, 19 May 2014 03:44 (five years ago) link

remember watching that game and it felt epochal in the moment

sitting on a claud all day gotta make your butt numb (forksclovetofu), Monday, 19 May 2014 04:07 (five years ago) link

four weeks pass...

No Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Parker, Ginobli, or Duncan in that photo! Pretty cool.

polyphonic, Monday, 23 June 2014 20:29 (five years ago) link

love tony on the bench looking like he's tasting a fine wine and about to nod approvingly

They pointed out on Deadspin I think that Kawhi didn't make that shot, he got fouled :(

Immediate Follower (NA), Monday, 23 June 2014 20:34 (five years ago) link

yeah doesnt matter tho

Strictly EZ Snappin' Nhex (Spottie), Monday, 23 June 2014 20:38 (five years ago) link

yeah that shot is awesome
100 classic basketball photos

Strictly EZ Snappin' Nhex (Spottie), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:38 (five years ago) link

oops!

polyphonic, Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:44 (five years ago) link

worth a double post

Strictly EZ Snappin' Nhex (Spottie), Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:46 (five years ago) link

always a fave, that one. i miss dennis as a player, he was always fun to watch.

nascar bean

Strictly EZ Snappin' Nhex (Spottie), Monday, 30 June 2014 16:41 (five years ago) link

Needs to be shopped onto a toilet.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Monday, 30 June 2014 16:51 (five years ago) link

imagine he's playing this in his mind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5enlLwo94M

four months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2qIkQZCQAAlpNp.jpg

lag∞n, Monday, 17 November 2014 17:08 (four years ago) link

Whoa

no but seriously im not a dick like that (Spottie), Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:35 (four years ago) link

like a scene from a Greek tragedy

resting waterface (m bison), Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:48 (four years ago) link

that's fantastic

almost like a front-on version of the iwo jima memorial

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 23 November 2014 03:51 (four years ago) link

KJ in the throes

Face facts poptimism hacks, your a scam. (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 23 November 2014 05:19 (four years ago) link

i love it but the shadows in the paint are far too tidy

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 November 2014 05:22 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

dennis rodman card where u can see his penishead (i own this card btw)
http://www.cybersportscards.com/images/rodmanpackage.jpg

slam dunk, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 06:09 (four years ago) link

the worm

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 10 December 2014 07:41 (four years ago) link

haha that's great

it's just a shadow though

micah, Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:22 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

http://i.imgur.com/2yeSIEK.jpg

, Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:25 (four years ago) link

fuck yeah

lag∞n, Thursday, 22 January 2015 14:35 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/T24Z5MF.gif

, Saturday, 9 May 2015 16:00 (four years ago) link

that dude was good

balls, Saturday, 9 May 2015 16:02 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

http://i.imgur.com/8tmGsV2.jpg

micah, Tuesday, 2 June 2015 12:20 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGv8ZjBUkAE7CEG.jpg:large

Spottie, Friday, 5 June 2015 20:58 (four years ago) link

shawn marion's pact with the devil not seeing fruition

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Friday, 5 June 2015 21:18 (four years ago) link

haah v spooky eyes

Spottie, Friday, 5 June 2015 21:40 (four years ago) link

Wish there was a better version of this
http://i.imgur.com/pdaqd.jpg

tsrobodo, Monday, 8 June 2015 05:18 (four years ago) link

Awesome

not a garbageman, i am garbage, man (m bison), Monday, 8 June 2015 12:29 (four years ago) link

idk what filter they used on this but love it

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CHgGZQ6WoAES4Ie.jpg

call all destroyer, Monday, 15 June 2015 18:29 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Manute Bol swimming
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/An9zHZZCEAEwlLL.jpg:large

Spottie, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:09 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CGMovnbWYAAAMOr.jpg:large

Spottie, Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:09 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CLVIvACWwAASdXo.jpg

moullet, Saturday, 1 August 2015 15:39 (four years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CMERjTbWUAAANgV.jpg

baby thibs

polyphonic, Monday, 10 August 2015 18:29 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Still not tired of this photo effect:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/COAZoEAUcAApjhA.jpg:large

polyphonic, Thursday, 3 September 2015 20:56 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CWZmlB8UYAAkIa8.jpg:large

Spottie, Friday, 18 December 2015 02:10 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.instagram.com/p/BBboaKbGwUG/

call all destroyer, Saturday, 6 February 2016 05:20 (three years ago) link

http://blog.sportsunlimitedinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/jeromelanedunk.jpg

send it in, jerome

mookieproof, Saturday, 6 February 2016 05:36 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

https://twitter.com/HistoricNBAPics

Spottie, Thursday, 26 May 2016 18:37 (three years ago) link

oh wow thanks, so much priceless stuff in there

Clay, Thursday, 26 May 2016 19:21 (three years ago) link

that AI and JR pic is hilarious

Spottie, Thursday, 26 May 2016 19:37 (three years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkYJoTEUYAEP74A.jpg:large

Spottie, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 21:21 (three years ago) link

six months pass...

instant classic
http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/55/71/50/12032575/13/920x1240.jpg

6 god none the richer (m bison), Tuesday, 13 December 2016 03:39 (two years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CzveYwjUcAAnVmn.jpg

Spottie, Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:41 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C1w2CPRVQAMMiyl.jpg:large

Spottie, Monday, 9 January 2017 23:17 (two years ago) link

awesome

if young satchmo don't trumpet i'm gon shoot you (m bison), Tuesday, 10 January 2017 05:02 (two years ago) link

Shaq getting schooled by the dream in the finals was one of the best NBA things ever

Spottie, Tuesday, 10 January 2017 05:27 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7DL9qaWcAEvXaC.jpg

mookieproof, Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:31 (two years ago) link

That's great.

That pau/scola (?) photo looks like they're reenacting a Caravaggio painting

a but (brimstead), Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:26 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

my new wallpaper
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8tOO6rU0AAwU8A.jpg:large

Lebro v. Wade (Spottie), Thursday, 6 April 2017 17:51 (two years ago) link

another good one from last night
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8s_0o0UIAAM2dC.jpg

Lebro v. Wade (Spottie), Thursday, 6 April 2017 20:21 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...
six months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Df_Lx2fVAAA0FYe.jpg

Hall of Fam (Spottie), Monday, 18 June 2018 18:47 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DtOaQOUXQAA1uXj.jpg

Spottie, Friday, 30 November 2018 07:07 (ten months ago) link

four months pass...

for the historical record

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5RGhoaWAAIoOpq.jpg

mookieproof, Monday, 29 April 2019 02:25 (five months ago) link


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