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BREAKING sports 6-5-08 NBA Legend Willis Reed Comments on Celtics-Lakers Game 1 Tonite
Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 3:10pm

BOSTON, MA From ESPN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING:  
2008 NBA FINALS  5:15pm  6-5-08
  It's been 21 years since the Lakers met the Celtics for an NBA Championship- going back to 1987.  Tonite, for the 11th time, these two giants are going to the hardwood, tonite in Boston, for Game 1 of the Best-of-7 Series.  

Click here to listen as Grambling alum, and NBA Legend Willis Reed talks with Tom Pace about the Celtics-Lakers Rivalry. 

AP sports writer Tom Withers puts it this way on the ESPN website:  Nearing Super Bowl-like proportions, the buildup has included black-and-white footage from the 1960s images of Red Auerbach puffing a victory cigar, Bill Russell swatting away a shot and Jerry West rising for a jumper.

We've revisited the 1980s, taken back to those days of Ronald Reagan, bad haircuts and short shorts by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, the icons whose meetings on the court defined an era and resurrected a league.

Memories of hard fouls, big shots, Jack Nicholson's shades and chants of "Beat L.A."

All of it has led up to the rebirth of a rivalry, THE rivalry: Boston vs. Los Angeles. Celtics vs. Lakers.

"I've watched more Lakers-Boston games over the last three days on TV," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "It's been great. It's been fun to watch."

Editor's note from NBA: "Of all the thrilling baskets scored in NBA history, there have been few more fabled than the two Willis Reed hit in the first few minutes of Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. Although they counted for only four points on the scoreboard, they were worth a million buckets of inspiration in the hearts of the New York Knicks."  TP

 


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