Friday, May 30, 2008
Lakers vs. Celtics - a 21-year wait!
I was a sophomore in high school the last time it happened.
The 1987 NBA Finals took place between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. The Lakers won 4-2. I remember Magic Johnson's junior sky hook in Game 4. It was the tenth time that the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA Finals and now, 21 years later, the greatest matchup in NBA history happens again. Finally, a new generation will experience the tradition.
The Lakers will be appearing in the Finals for a record 29th time overall. The Celtics will be appearing in the Finals for second best 20th time overall. The Celtics have won the most championships all-time with 16, the Lakers are second with 14.
1987 had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, James Worthy, Bill Walton
2008 has Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol.
The names may not be as marquee to me or most people, but seeing the purple and gold vs. the green and white is good enough for me!