Nba Los Angeles Lakers 1985: Return to Glory (7pc) [Import]
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ï¿½Led by Earvin ï¿½Magicï¿½ Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, relive the return to glory as the Los Angeles Lakers take on Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in a legendary 1984-85 NBA Finals match up. Avenging their loss to the Celtics in the previous year, experience the excitement of the Lakersï¿½ historic ninth NBA Championship in this action-packed 7-disc DVD collectorï¿½s set. You get all six games, each in its entirety and original broadcast form, plus a thrilling year-end recap featuring sizzling highlights and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
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Game 2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar bounces back big time with 30 points and 17 rebounds to help the Lakers steal Game Two on the parquet floors of Boston Garden. - 2
Game 3 The Lakers return to the fabulous Forum and hand the fans a victory. With 26 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes history by becoming the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer. - 3
Game 4 After a second half surge, Lakers fans go wild when Magic Johnson grabs a clutch rebound and sinks a jumper to tie the game at 105 with 19 seconds remaining. Boston pulls it out in a squeaker. - 4
Game 5 In the second quarter, Coach Pat Riley makes a bold defensive switch, putting Kurt Rambis on Boston's Robert Parish. The Lakers immediately go on a 14-3 run before halftime and emerge victorious. - 5
Game 6 The Lakers win their ninth NBA title and become the first opposing team to win an NBA championship at the Boston Garden. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is named MVP. - 6
YEAR ENDER SYNOPSIS It was the rematch of the decade, and a rivalry for the ages. By 1985 the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers had established themselves as the NBA's finest. Now for a second straight season, these perennial powerhouses were set to do battle once again for the NBA Championship. Determined to avenge their heartbreaking NBA Finals loss to Boston just one year earlier, the Lakers refused to be denied in this ultimate clash of the titans. - 7
Two things of note:
1) This series was not only a redemption for the Lakers (who were seen as soft and easily rattled) but also for the captain Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (if I had to start an NBA team tomorrow and I had the first pick, I'd take Kareem) culminating in his winning the Finals MVP. It also ushered out the great NBA legends Jamaal Wilkes and Bob McAdoo.
2) As a result of the 1985 Lakers winning, Boston management reshuffled its lineup to created the greatest single season team ever assembled in the 1985-86 Boston Celtics with the greatest frontcourt to ever play the game. I'd pay $100 for a DVD set with this team.
and a Postscript: even if you are neither a Laker nor a Celtic fan, you can still appreciate the pure beauty of how the game was played in the 1980s especially by a team that ran the fast-break better than any other. It's bittersweet to watch these videos knowing how far the NBA game has degraded to boring one-on-one matchup play and slowed tempos. In the 80s, teams played as if it were a 12 second shot clock, not anymore.