The matchup that was made for network T.V. has arrived, as the Celtics and Lakers face off in the N.B.A. finals. This rivalry is one of the oldest in sports, and was one of the keys to the revitalization of the league in the Bird-Magic era. Although the Bird Magic era is the one we most remember I still remember watching the last game Bill Russell ever played, in which he led his 1969 Boston Celtics team to a championship over the Lakers in L.A. That Laker team featured Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor. It may have been Russell’s greatest achievement. A pretty good video is attached that highlights that great win. Look for the incredible Russell block of a Jerry West shot as West cruised in off a steal for what he thought was going to be an uncontested layup.
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Wonderful video. I hope Boston can repeat history.
After only 24 wins last year they have certainly made a quantum change. I hope the have the metal to repeat history.
Rumor has it that you were allowed to watch that game, because you went to bed at an extraordinarily early hour; only to be awoken by your father when the game started in L.A. A fond memory, I am sure. And really, is there an athlete then or now that can equal the great Bill Russell? In my opinion, the best basketball player of all time.
And, if I might add, arguably, the greatest athlete of all time.