On June 9, 1985, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics to win their ninth NBA championship. Led by playoff MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers won the series 4 - 2, taking the decisive sixth game at Boston Garden. It was the first time in Garden history that the guys in green had to watch an opposing team celebrate a championship on their home floor.
This series was such a classic that NBA TV has compiled the Top Ten plays from this legendary battle. Whether you're reminiscing or seeing these spectacular highlights for the first time, enjoy.
1984 - 85 Los Angeles Lakers
Coach: Pat Riley
On June 5, 1977, the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers to win their first NBA Championship.
The Trail Blazers were in only their seventh year of existence and were making their playoff debut so no one expected a championship. First year coach Jack Ramsey led the Blazers into the playoffs with a 49 - 33 regular season record. Led by future Hall of Famer Bill Walton and newly acquired Maurice Lucas, the Blazers shocked everyone by sweeping the Lakers and superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in four games. Next up was the team with the best record in the east, the Philadelphia 76ers. Led by Julius Erving, the Sixers won the first two games pretty easily. Then, to the surprise of everyone, the Blazers took over and won the next four games to win the series four games to two. Bill Walton was named series MVP and the celebration began. Check out the video below for some of the best post game celebration that we've ever seen.
Portland Trail Blazers 1976 - 77 Roster
P.S. We’ve had a lot of athletes come through the doors here at Mitchell & Ness. Bill Walton is, without a doubt, one of the nicest guys we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
Watching game one NBA Finals pre-game show and Spike Lee shows up in a NBA 2K10 commercial wearing a Mitchell & Ness Knicks warm-up.
Thanks Spike. That Knicks warmup looks really good on you. We haven't made that in awhile. Maybe we should bring it back.
What do you guys think?
The Kangaroo Kid was born on June 3, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY. A star at North Carolina, the ABA, NBA and one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players. All amazing accomplishments, but we will always love Billy for coaching what might be the greatest Sixers team of all time.
Check out the link below to learn a little more about this legend of the game.
Congratulations to the Lakers on winning the first game of the Western Conference Finals. We have nothing against the 2008-09 Lakers, but around here we're kind of partial to these Lakers.
Great video, made even greater by the music selection: Midas Touch by Midnight Star, Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead and Love Come Down by Evelyn "Champagne" King. Classic.