Los Angeles Lakers 1985 NBA Champions - Return to Glory
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- All six NBA Finals games vs. the Boston Celtics
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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.
This 7 DVD-set contains the six Finals games along with the 84-85 championship video. This would've been perfect except for the missing parts of game 1. One note I'd like to make. Dick Stockton is one colorful commentater. With 4:47 left in the 4th quarter, the Celtics bench jump to their feet after a timeout. Dick Stockton: "the celtics bench, is UP and AROUSED".
Also, the legendary Lakers commentator Chick Hearn is given some air time for about a quarter during one game. It was nice hearing him and his trademark expressions. I wish this set would've included an alternate track with Chick's radio broadcast, would've been a fun listen. Legendary series, Lakers vs. Celtics. Get it and relive the memories!
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Enjoyed games but reception was not digital, making for a cloudy picture.Published 5 months ago by Kubagirl
Great set of DVD's an excellent display of team basketball but it always helps to have a bit of magic. Read morePublished 7 months ago by karma vitasovich
Why they are not releasing other great complete final matches seasons like the previous 1984 season which lakers should have won but lost it ? Read morePublished 23 months ago by V. K. Manglaveras
Great DVD brings back memories of the show time era. DVDs came as stated and worked well, thanks again, go lakers!Published on November 27, 2013 by Al