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Old 16-11-2007, 01:23 PM   #1
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I hope this will wind up being a popular topic on these boards with immense traffic. We utilize a lot of YouTube here (including, but not limited, that of the NBL), so why not do this for the NBA as a subject? Why wasn't it done so before?

I'll start things off with this: the classic 1984 NBA Finals between the champs Boston Celtics and the wicked Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire. This was not only the first NBA Finals I ever watched end to end as a little kid, but IMHO it is my favorite of them all--and there were several over the years I liked. It had everything in this epic: passion, hatred, intensity, pride, guts, character, memorable moments. The year itself 1984 is very special to me in terms of pop culture. I was perhaps the only person in my neighborhood who despised the Lakers. Don't know if this series ever made it to Australia and New Zealand back then--I actually doubt it. Enjoy!

There are two games I very much like to share from that series--the NBA didn't officially call it the NBA Finals two years later. It was still called the NBA World Championship until then perhaps out of respect it wasn't between an NBA team and a top foreign club (almost always European).

To start things off here is Game 5 in its entirety. I remember this game very well. The most memorable thing about this obviously was that how incredibly hot the legendary "Gahden" was then. There was no air conditioning in there, remember--"a steambath of heat and humidity" (100 degrees F on the court), to quote Encyclopaedia Britannica's 1985 yearbook. I remember watching this on CBS on that June Friday evening at 8pm US CST after switching from an NBC re-run special on people's home video, commercials, and bloopers co-hosted by Michael J. Fox (this was at the height of the video boom) and Angie Dickinson called the Homemade Video Special. The Celtics were out on the parquet floor warming up not wearing their warmup pants. The Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire had to suck up oxygen tanks along the bench despite not being in high altitude like in Denver and getting more tired quickly nearly wilting. The Celtics acted like the heat was their best friend and ran up and down the court with ease. Kareem later said the game was like for them "being in a sauna with your clothes on, doing 100 pushups, and running up and down the court". Larry Bird was just brilliant in this game with 34 points and 17 rebounds. Former All-Star Scott Wedman was hurt and depressed. Brent Musberger, Dick Stockton, Celtics legend Tommy Heinson, Kevin Loughery, and Pat O'Brien provide the call for CBS Sports. There's also a profile at halftime about Magic and a brief profile on Johnny Most with this and some sports news, something you don't get much on over the air TV these days in the era of SportsCenter (like Peter Ueberroth failing to convince the Cubans to reconsider their plans to boycott the LA Olympics with the Soviets, that major Denver-Portland Kiki Vandeweghe trade, plus a Commodore 64 computer commercial).
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyRSzzXN-is
www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_cVhNlfbYQ
www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_nUwW3tWRM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCpI1c18g3k
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5iublkboTM
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6ZV9ioz8pQ
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1Tz80W1R8Q
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=M76wAf182M0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbBQuiyxp4A
www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5jDZ9VsJVI
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_B6hM7226Y
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttSGO4-Glhw
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeumXdSWOo8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F3q5TnPFLU
www.youtube.com/watch?v=34rteduMhck
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvchCSf9Ppg

You know, whenever I see the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire get what it richly deserves over the years, in the form of NOT getting an NBA title, it always brings forth a giant smile to my face! The only thing that will ever top that is seeing the Phoenix Suns win a title outright. Surely this was clearly no more as evident as it was in Game 7 on the following Tuesday night. Honestly, I haven't enjoyed this much fun since--1983 was good for the Dr. J, as was in 1989 with Detroit and 1991 with Chicago with MJ's first title (but the latter was more of a symbolic passing of the torch), and 1992--but it wasn't until exactly 20 years later that I was so truly estatic over the NDCELE's deserved defeat. "Beat LA!" indeed! Coming up is that Game 7. Yeah, they came back home and tied at the former House of Evil but the Celtics showed who's boss. Sadly, aside from next year's Game 1 that is the Memorial Day Massacre, it was the continuation of the sick oppression. The Boston Garden was still hot but not as it was on that Friday. 1984 was a golden age in pro basketball as well as a pivot year for the NBA in so many ways: David Stern succeeded Larry O'Brien in February that year; the Clippers moved up the coast to LA from San Diego (SD never got a team since); that memorable 1984 NBA Draft; the All-Star Weekend made its debut in Denver; the NBA and the NBA Players Association agreed to a salary cap; eight teams in each conference qualified for the playoffs for the first time; and WTBS (generally Turner Sports) started broadcasting NBA games not featuring the Hawks. I'm surprised that this series has yet to make its way onto DVD. If you already have the NBA Dynasty Series: Boston Celtics DVD set, Game 7 (along with Game 4) are in the set, so it may seem a little redundant to you with the complete CBS Sports coverage. But you won't get in there the commercials like in here (more on that later)...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6XroCc66Eo
www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnlhVkEGmAk
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k1xDMigkvM
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTiHQXhFZbs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCnCL2KyUTY
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAxR4g9oKSg

Some of the commercials you get to see. Haven't them in years:
Andy Griffith pitching for AT&T

Three Miller Lite commercials--one just featuring football greats Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus in a bar after playing polo ("I sure hope the horses can swim..."), a memorable one with Bob Uecker ("I must be up in the front row!"), and a hilarious campout one with Smith, Butkus, LC Greenwood, John Madden, Uecker, YA Tittle, Mickey Spillane (RIP), Morgana the Kissing Bandit, Rodney Dangerfield (RIP), Tommy Heinson, Billy Martin (RIP), and Red Auerbach (RIP) among others with that one of those "Taste great! Less filling!" arguments

Wagner Power Roller

Bill Bixby (RIP) pitching for Radio Shack's Tandy computers

NBA basketball--It's Fantastic

some CBS TV prime time show promos

CBS Sports promoting the Michigan 500 race, IROC boxing ft. Hector "Macho" Camacho, Sports Sone and Dads, Tour De France, and Madden's Journeys

TV spots for summer movies Gremlins, Ghostbusters, and Rhinestone

promotion of the old Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Apple Macintosh

Honda generators

John McEnroe (and a pre-George Constanza Jason Alexander) for Bic Razors

Joe Montana and his future wife Jennifer in a another Bic ad

Tony Randall (RIP) for Minolta Copiers

Castrol GTX

Gatorade's Thirst Aid ad

Burger King (Hungry Jack's in Australia)

Toyota's Doubting Thomases in San Francisco

that guy from WKRP In Cincinnati for Honda lawn motors

The final Army Be All You Can Be NBA profile of the 1983-84 season on Milwaukee's Marques Johnson with some Army ads.

Firestone Mastercare

Exxon gasoline (there are no Exxons in St. Louis, but Mobils, but they were separate companies prior to the merger. Exxon is Esso outside the US)

Mazda cars (or motors to you)

Amtrack

This was recorded by someone live as it happened from New York's CBS affiliate WCBS Channel 4. I watched the series on KMOX TV 4 (now KMOV since 1986), St. Louis' CBS affiliate, so you'll see some ads that are regional and local to the NYC metropolitan area like a cheesy one for Meadowlands Racetrack ("It's going to be a great night!") and Schaefer Beer that I did not see plus a WCBS newsbreak.

Allow me to engage in some good ole vintage schadenfruende on the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire, shall I? This has gone down as one of the most deserving low points for it in its history--should've stayed down! Kareem made the mistake of grabbing a rebound in the final seconds when he got caught up in the bum rush. Someone mugged him from behind and snatched his trademark goggles. Another jumped on Kurt Rambis and later sued him for slugging the fan. The Evil Empire was disconsolate in their locker room afterwards from making their way out of the scene of the crime. Magic and Michael Cooper were in the shower with their jerseys on. More thoughts will come from me later on, particularly at the end. Gotta love the locker room celebration. Enjoy!
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Old 22-11-2007, 12:15 PM   #2
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Hoped you enjoyed the two 1984 NBA Finals games, especially to all you Laker fans out there ( ).

More schadenfrunde. The whole city of Boston was jacked up for Game 7 with incredible results. Fans poured out of the Boston Garden whooping it up. As they spotted the bus belonging to the NDCELE coming out of the arena, fans proceeded to bang on it and rock the bus, yelling at it, grossly delaying its escape. One guy in a wheelchair was giving the losers the finger as everybody with him laughed. In their time in Boston, they had to get police escorts to the arena. They weren't there then. The NDCELE couldn't get out of Boston fast enough, and had to stay another day. The Emperor (Dr. Jerry Buss) chained smoked. Mr. Armani Pat Riley quickly ditched his white tux he planned to wear after Game 7 in LA. Michael Cooper was an inconsolable and mournful wreck with his wife Wanda by his side. Magic, one of the worst emissaries of evil the franchise has ever had, was found by his then-buddies Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre in the shower still wearing his jersey deeply depressed, and they talked the night away about cars, clothes, fashion, music, and old times. When the topic turned to basketball, they quickly steered away since it still raw.

The next morning Kareem was supposed to appear on CBS News This Morning with Cornbread, but when he found out from the young producer that he was going to it with Cedric Maxwell after asking her is he going before or after Cedric. When she told Kareem he was going after Cedric, he got up, took off his microphone, and politely told her he will not conduct the interview with Cedric Maxwell, knowing he would rub it in. Poor young woman...

Magic secluded himself in his Culver City apartment feeling depressed after not wanting to be in his still-empty Bel Air mansion that he was moving into, even refusing to talk to his mother about the game. Kevin McHale dubbed him "Tragic Johnson", and the Celtics got even more cocky. Larry Bird would say later, "I would like for them to get a chance to redeem themselves, because I know they felt they haven't played up to their capabilities." When asked that he was referring to Magic, Bird responded, "Magic is having nightmares!"

I hope you noticed the fans couldn't wait to storm the court with a few fans already doing so with the game in play. The Boston Police were undermanned trying to surround the court, and it took Celtic players, coaches, and trainers to plead them to stand back. Did you noticed that fat redhead guy jumping and dancing at the Celtics' bench with his crimson Harvard tank top (with a white H) and green shorts on? Also notice there were three or two seconds on the clock when the fans started storming the court--this scene was later used in a 1986 McDonald's commercial sponsoring the NBA playoffs. Certainly wouldn't happen now. Surely alcohol played a part in this. Even years before what happened in Auburn Hills in 2004, security has gotten smart about this. They would place a yellow rope around the court to give one example so fans won't do this. The next year during the NBA Finals, the Celtics issued badges of their logo to fans; if you didn't have one on, you weren't allowed to be on the court after the game. Funnily enough, I kinda miss seeing such stuff nowdays because of the specter of lawsuits and of because of the understandable need to protect players and fans since Indiana-Detroit in 2004, now they make far more money than back in 1984. There was a sense of joyful spontenatity to it as long as you weren't malicious.
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Old 27-11-2007, 01:16 PM   #3
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Those stories mentioned above are in the book The Show by Roland Lazenby.

More Boston Celtics, this time with my Phoenix Suns. Here are clips from the famed (and legendary) triple OT Game 5 from the 1976 NBA Finals, regarded by many as the greatest NBA game ever. If you have the NBA Dynasty Series: Boston Celtics, this is in there (I don't have it though). Here's Brent Musberger, Rick Barry, Mendy Rudolph, and Sonny Hill: Could it be a coincidence that Hill and Rudolph had the same tailor? Rick Barry looked like he was going to get some action looking like Col. Steve Austin after the game following a trip to the disco with the guys in his smoov duds.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFCprfxG0DA
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKk8Af73VNg
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl9M3zer7uE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtjfiud6e2M
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaeXnMxf1mg

And, another and earlier saga of Boston fans not restraining themselves to the end of the game, making it look like WWE Smackdown. Celtics players shooing them back, even the cameraman. After Hondo made the shot, the refs (along with Barry and Musberger) wisely made the realization that there were :02 seconds left in the game when the scorekeeper was not on top of his job. Thus paving the way for Garfield Heard's shot to tie it again...but not before a fan assaults ref Richie Powers. Musberger at 4:02: "Richie Powers is in a fight with a fan!" Plus Ricky Sobers going at it with another fan.

Unbeliveable, incredible, and wacky in every sense of those words.

The first ever NBA Slam Dunk contest in 1984 in Denver starring Julius Erving, Larry Nance, Dominique Wilkins, Edgar Jones, Orlando Woolwidge, Darrell "Dr. Dunkinstein" Griffith, Clyde Drexler, Ralph Sampson, and Michael Cooper. Interesting to see Dr. J's sons going over dunking strategy with him and Jim Grey at his side...and a moment when Magic tries to catch him after one of Erving's dunks. A very nice treat in all!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni6qGyIRMa8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCPEGeBihRw
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgNy4LyJ4fM
www.youutbe.com/watch?v=YtAI8iWImzM
www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1heDGoWVQ4

I present you the video Pride and Passion of the 1983-84 season when the Celtics won over the NDCELE. The video is actually longer. Playing in the thin air was "cruel" in Denver as an old-timer. Gotta love Wilt's getup for the occassion and the "13 Johnsons" rap (with two Eddie Johnson's). It's fascinating two of the most notable NBA records took place in non-NBA venues. The 1984 dunking montage is already on the classic Dazzling Dunks and Basketball Bloopers video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEss9Olr-o8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOkLUhA2rVo
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Old 28-11-2007, 09:07 AM   #4
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that Celtics vs Phoenix match is the craziest end to a game ever!!!!!
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:59 AM   #5
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Another blast from the past: the 1985 Converse Weapon TV ad rap starring Bird, Magic, McHale, Thomas, Aguirre, and King
www.youtube.com/watch?v=90fRlMOTdSe
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Old 29-12-2007, 07:14 AM   #6
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A belated Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day from Durban!

The epic and memorable 1988 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest in Chicago in its entirety direct from TBS Sports. Ron Harper, then of Cleveland, pulled out and dimished the field to seven--something that got lost in the minds of many these days when this gets discussed. No further mention is needed.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=RphVJe13MDo
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAy1cyHtPF0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYzoouXqSX4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZWdwOyUxgs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYov32T4fwU
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xVOii06_HQ

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Old 11-01-2008, 06:12 AM   #7
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Another great and memorable moment in the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire's history!

(Michael Cooper's reaction to this is priceless)

The Intro from CBS Sports
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Old 15-01-2008, 03:06 PM   #8
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At least the NBL isn't the only league with flopping problems...
Tha Raja Flop
The worst flop ever?
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Old 21-01-2008, 10:29 AM   #9
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THE NBA! Ohhh! Hey!!! Ohhhhhhh!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR2c5-XbXfc
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Old 24-01-2008, 08:41 AM   #10
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"All right, which one of you is going to finish second [after me]?"
--Larry Bird, 1988

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToDSYcmlZFo
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sYMixiUfQ0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoxCFipuhWw
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Old 27-01-2008, 07:58 AM   #11
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A glimpse of what might've been in Vancouver (yes, I'll return to the Vancouver subject soon). Please bring Vancouver back into the NBA! Maybe after the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Note a blink or you'll miss quickie glimpse of the very rare Vancouver Mounties logo the team had at 0:17-:18. PS: Still (Extremely Naughty Word!) you, Stu Jackson!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=knQnCPaDGEk
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Old 20-02-2008, 09:11 AM   #12
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I'm in a Toronto Raptors kind of mood with this installment right now.

The intro used for their home games in the first round against the New Jersey Nets last season. One of my favo(u)rite NBA intros out there:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvP85Of3wg4

Raptors play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky, one of my faves in broadcasting ("Oh My Bosh!!") serves as the pitchman of the RaptorsTV promos (NBATV in Canada with the requisite Canadian broadcasting content) with his favo(u)rite calls:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvEy3smQ9bY (Sick, Wicked, and Nasty)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9N4Vx8W8A4&NR=1 (Onions, Baby, Onions!!)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=41of9Sva5yY (Salami & Cheese)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qJl6wfdWK0 (NBA Facial--Posterization)

A hilarious plea from used car salesman Chris Bosh to get fans to vote for him to New Orleans as a starter. It actually boosted his popularity among fans and was, not surprisingly, featured in a SI profile on him. A YouTube sensation.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv7IZP7u9FE

Starting this season the CBC is broadcasting several games of the Toronto Raptors further designating them as Canada's NBA team. Yes, the narrator, I think he's from RaptorsTV, appeals to the emotion of the Raptor fans across Canada in getting them to look forward to the new season Following is an intro to its first ever Raptors' broadcast in October (presented by President's Choice--notice the PC products when Swirsk visits the Loeblews supermarket), includes the intro (I like the previous season version better):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6hbhPSoD-g

VC Sucks!!!: www.youtube.com/watch?v=446ydzLwAFo
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:57 AM   #13
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In honor of the Miami Heat's 20th Anniversary, I want to pay tribute to the inaugural team. Yes, let's go back to 1988-89 (and a little bit of 1986-87 for the building) to the first team of Rony Seikaly, Kevin Edwards, Scott Hastings, Grant Long, Pat Cummings, Sylvester Gray, John Shasky, Billy Thompson, Jon Sunvold, Rory Sparrow, Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, and coach Ron Rothstein were pieced together 20 years ago. This season the Heat are currently playing like the original members of the Heat record-wise, only the current set are far more talented and athletic than them.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUDHpkPpdPg (The Heat's Birth)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4aErhC2lxw (Building the Heat)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHON-F0LZK4 (Heat's First Game--dressing their best)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUen0-ATZHk (Heat's First Home Win the Jazz)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR_ZVN7IeHI (Expansion Derby with Charlotte)
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Old 05-04-2008, 04:37 AM   #14
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The last moments of Game 7 of the famed 1982 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Sixers and the Celtics at "the Gahden". Too bad Philly couldn't eventually stop again the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire for the title.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpY0m6cEKhw
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:39 PM   #15
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The year itself 1984 is very special to me in terms of pop culture. I was perhaps the only person in my neighborhood who despised the Lakers. Don't know if this series ever made it to Australia and New Zealand back then--I actually doubt it.
It was.

I taped all seven games (in Adelaide), but those tapes wore out long before I could ever transfer them to DVD. And like you, I was a lone Celts island in a sea of Boston bashers as my mates back then never forgave Bird nor Boston for taking out Dr J & then Mo Malone on their way to their previous title, so they were right there for Magic, Kareem & their Milwaukee expat team in '84.

You're right in your rave in saying that it was a classic confrontation, and I've found it interesting to see how Larry Legend & Magic have very shared memories of both that series & that era. It was a true classic.
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It actually was, I did not know that officially.

I was led to believe that only Italy, Spain, and Greece would consistenly get NBA games on TV in the mid-80s before the NBA's globalization.
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Old 23-04-2008, 11:26 AM   #17
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Got a few rare TV commercials for you, all involving Magic Johnson, one of the worst Emissaries of Evil that evil empire has ever unleashed to the world. Anyway...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJEa2c_939o
At last the Converse 1985 commercial that had Magic arriving at Bird's French Lick, Indiana home in a limo to go mano e mano with him. Though they always respected each other as All-Star players, this was the moment they became actually friends in real life, when Bird's mom fixed fried chicken for them afterwards.

www.youtube.com/watch?vW9aqUc020Rg
A rare gem from 1980. A young Magic and an equally young and legendary Ann Meyers (future Phoenix Mercury exec) "feelin' 7UP" with front of lots of kids, impressing them with their magic skills. Note that Meyers, a top marketable name in the WPBL and its MVP at the time, is wearing the uniform for her New Jersey Gems, not the UCLA Bruins jersey that I saw her in print ads in vintage magazines.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_1k7ssErw
1981 7UP commercial featuring just Magic and some kids continuing to live up to his name
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Before dunk comps were invented... there was this.
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:22 AM   #19
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Ali G (Sascha Baron Cohen) interviews the NBA superstars including the NBA on TNT guys. What if Borat or Bruno did this?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPQVew0L0Vg
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Kobe's new ad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHQSIXnx8Go&NR=1

OMG dis is fkn crazy! I didnt kno KB24 had hops like dat!
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Old 04-06-2008, 10:15 AM   #21
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I was going to post stuff about the 1975 Golden St. Warriors upset victory over the favored Washington Bullets but...

All this talk about the Boston Celtics and the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire in the NBA Finals for the first time in 21 years certainly got a lot of NBA fans giddy worldwide. In honor of this I got lots of goodies to show you:

1984 NBA Finals Perspectives--told from those who were there--Ainge, Magic, Rambis, ML Carr, Cornbread, Riley. Man, the Celtics hated "Cheesy Johnson" with a passion... :P Boston didn't "play like sissies" in the end. Check out the fat Boston man with his shirt open in that steambath Game 5 and (to a much lesser extent from the other end) cameo shots of Paula Abdul as a Laker Girl and Dyan Cannon!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of1fvnIDVU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc-0zNhPhz0

Undoubtably one of the best NBA Finals ever, called then the NBA World Championship until 1985, pride, violence, passion, hustle, determination, and hostily. Why is this classic series not YET on DVD???!!!

The intro to Game 1 of the 1985 NBA World Championship Series--aka the Memorial Day Massacre, the only damn good thing out of that series. The Celtics should've repeated that season and gave the NDCELE MORE nightmares!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qekn9dEv884
The intro to GAME 2 recapping the Memorial Day Massacre
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLqcu4Uu5Yw

Any game coming from the San Diego Clippers on YouTube is rare indeed. I think the signal flags on the Clippers shorts say either San Diego or Clippers. The court was nice looking. Anyway, these are the opening minutes of Magic's pro debut on CBS (game is on Magic's DVD) against the San Diego Clippers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1gmy5bbruA

The 1976 NBA Final Game 1 intro of the Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LFZbBH5n-8

Rarer still are video footage of the New Orleans Jazz. Here they are at their Louisiana Superdome home in their final season there before moving to Salt Lake City versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Point of interest here: the two teams used be in different conferences then than they are presently in now--Milwaukee was in the West (Midwest Division moved East when the Dallas Mavericks entered in 1980) and New Orleans was in the East (Central Division). It's all that exists of it since this was bonus footage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEQKaVRsu0g

Another rare find just for the CBS Sports NBA intro music alone. I was small then and liked the music that starts this whenever it played on the NBA. All compelling viewing. The susbsequent sports music theme, the NBA theme, isn't as well known as its successor music and thus rare; that builds drama--underrated and infrequently mentioned because it's too brief, as one poster says. Forget about that Game 6 1982 NBA World Championship the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Laker Empire won over Philly. Just watch the intro that has been thankfully unearthed. I remember watching a figure skater performing to the opening music back in the 80s once on TV!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnwxTbKFM18
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The NBA: it's Fan-Tastic. That is still the most memorable campaign the NBA as a league ever had with all due respect to the "I love this game!" in the 1990s at the height of the league's popularity, coinciding with NBC taking over the NBA's TV rights. People still bring up the fantastic with the NBA. It's still waaaaayyyyy too early for "When Amazing Happens". I will bring out a few Fan-Tastic clips to share.

This first one I'll show you is interesting for a few reasons. One, it has that Pointer Sisters' "(We Could Be So) Hot Together" track that screams 80s (song itself was made in 1986). Two, this is a montage of victorious NBA Finals teams up to 1989 celebrating. Three, this was among the first "fantastic" ads that featured celebs saying that famous line at an NBA game. And four, this ad features Wayne Gretzky and his wife Janet Jones at the end of it saying "NBA Action...it's fantastic" done in 1989 enjoying themselves at NDCELE home game, during Gretzky's first season with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings (you can tell from the Fourm's seats are yellow) after that blockbuster trade sending him there from Edmonton, making him and the Kings a very hot ticket at the time in Los Angeles. Full disclosure: I attended and graduated high school with Janet Jones' niece, Jaime. She's from Janet's side of the family from St. Louis. Incidently, Gretzky in 1996, on my birthday, got traded to play briefly for the St. Louis Blues, a team I hated at the time becuase of their then-coach Mike Keenan. Never met Wayne or Janet, yet.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWv8i_rEmdY
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Another "fantastic" NBA promo:

This one from the early 1980s (circa 1981-1982) www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIPB7CDN6r8
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This next NBA Action Fantastic promo also comes from that same era in 1989-1990, when celebs would appear at the end of them. This time it's Taxi's Judd Hirsch at a Knicks game saying the memorable line after a montage of long-range bombs.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqQooCyO_kM
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The intro to Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals featuring the Detroit Pistons, the spoilers in Game 1, and the Now Deservedly Crumbling Evil Empire, who subsequently and sadly repeated their title for the first time in 19 years since the 1967-68 Boston Celtics.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tYhiuUV5zs
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