The Step Back

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

The Step Back: Klay makes treys

On this day in 2016, Klay Thompson caught fire – Sean Guest looks back at the three-point barrage

The Step Back: One for the record Books

Sean Guest looks back to this day in 2017 when Devin Booker became the youngest ever player to drop 70 points in a game against the Celtics.

The Step Back: Where there’s a Wilt, there’s a way

On this day in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single game, a record that still stands today.

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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.