The Step Back

Welcome to the home of #thestepback series, written by Sean Guest.

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The Step Back: The Skiles the limit

On this day in 1990, Scott Skiles set an NBA single-game record for assists with a whopping 30. Sean Guest looks back on a mark that still stands to this day.

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Step Back Special: Step Back into Christmas

Ahead of this year’s festive showcase, Sean Guest looks back at some of the most memorable Christmas Day games

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Step Back Special: Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and David Stern’s legacy

Sean Guest looks at the Chris Paul-Lakers trade that would have shaken the NBA to the core, and did in a different way after not going through

The Step Back: Bye Bye Bynum

On this day in 2005, Andrew Bynum became the youngest player ever to appear in a regular season game, making his debut for a rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers team that would go on to become an NBA powerhouse.

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The Step Back: The Dr is in (Philadelphia)

On this day in 1976, the Philadelphia 76ers bought Julius ‘Dr J’ Erving for $3 million, transforming the franchise into a contender overnight.

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The Step Back: Nothing but Garnett (and Pierce and Allen)

On this day in 2007, the Boston Celtics renewed their relevance as a force in the NBA by trading for Kevin Garnett in what turned out to be a franchise-changing moment.

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The Step Back: The Penny drops

On this day in 1993, the Orlando Magic acquired the draft rights to Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway, ushering in a franchise-defining era that ultimately ended in heartache.

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The Step Back: Air apparent

He had the hops and the hype, but Vince Carter, who was named Rookie of the Year on this day in 1999, fell some way short of the dizzy, Jordanesque heights his early promise suggested he might reach.

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The Step Back: Ewing some, you lose some

On this day in 1985, the New York Knicks won their first ever NBA Draft Lottery, allowing them to pick franchise-altering big-man Patrick Ewing No. 1 overall.