Skip to main content

Knicks Willis Reed's finest moment - one of the greatest stories in NBA history

It wasn't just his physical toughness at 6'9" and 240 pounds. The Knickerbockers' Willis Reed certainly had that, as demonstrated in this video below. He took on the entire Lakers team all by himself.



But it was in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals that his mental toughness was the inspiration for New York taking on the Los Angeles Lakers and coming away with the win. Reed sat out Game 6 due to a torn thigh muscle suffered in Game 5. LA tied the series at 3-3, with Wilt Chamberlain racking up 45 points and 27 rebounds. Virtually no one expected to see Reed on the court in the final game, but the Madison Square Garden faithful went wild when Willis suddenly appeared. I doubt the Garden rafters had ever resonated like that before. Take the time to watch the video below. The legends, and what they had to say, are priceless.



To say Willis was hobbled is to vastly understate his condition. He took an injection of pain killer prior to the game, but his limp was unmistakable. He was able to get up and down the court slowly and awkwardly, but when Wilt leaned on him with Reed on the defensive end, it was obvious that Willis was in excruciating discomfort. Willis hit his first two shot attempts, and those were his total points for the game.

The Knicks took the game - the series - and the Title. Knicks guard, Walt Frazier, tallied 36 points and 19 assists, but that incredible stat line was overshadowed by Reed's heroic effort. Willis literally WILLED his team to victory. This was one of the greatest stories in the history of the NBA - and should not be lost to time.

Follow Tom @CelticsSentinel and @_Celtics_Center

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Elm Street Nightmare

 A true-and-suspenseful horror tale of haunting, homicides and the hunt for triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante - as told by the cops that were there By Lt. Thomas Lane (Ret.)  Daniel Laplante - cold, calm, clever, calculating- Photo: YouTube   Elm Street  surfaces on four occasions in the Laplante saga: 1.) He  resided on Elm Street  in Townsend, Massachusetts 2.) He  kidnapped a woman  at gunpoint on  Elm Street, Pepperell , Massachusetts 3.) He was arrested and transported to Massachusetts State Police Barracks on Elm Street in Concord . 3.) He was  tried, convicted   and sentenced for the murders at  Superior Court , corner of  Elm Stree t and Gorham Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. When evil and cleverness reside in the same mind, the stage is often set for true horror. Such was the case with triple-murderer, Daniel Laplante . As a 16-year old , he quickly transitioned from: Minor thefts and breaking into homes To: Taunting and threatening a father and his two daughters as an unseen

Nik Stauskas adds "shooting with size" voiced by Brad Stevens

 As a 6'6" shooting guard, 28-year-old Nik Stauskas adds that shooting with size sorely needed by the Boston Celtics. Drafted 8th-overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2014, Stauskas has bounced around to various teams since then. Nik Stauskas' deal with the Boston Celtics includes non-guaranteed salary for the second season in 2022-23, a source tells @celticsblog . — Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 4, 2022 Nik has never averaged more than 9.5 points per game in the NBA, but Boston is most likely counting on his production for Grand Rapids in the G League as the incentive to sign him. In 17 games thus far, he has averaged 24.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 4.8 APG - while shooting 50% on field goals and 45% on treys. Nik Stauskas is signing a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics, his agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of @PrioritySports tell ESPN. Stauskas had an historic week, scoring 100 points on 57 and 43 point performances in back-to-back games for Grand Rapids. — Adrian Wo

Rick Barry belittling Bill Russell on TV revealed the real fool

 It happened on national TV during the 1981 NBA Finals . Two of the announcers were Rick Barry and Bill Russell . When asked who was in a photo passed to Barry, Rick responded, "I don't know. Looks like some fool over there (referring to Russ) with the watermelon grin on. Russell repeatedly indicated the photo was of KC Jones , but Barry would have none of it. Worth watching. Russ vs. Rick Barry! The "fool with the watermelon grin" wasn't Bill. It was Barry. Don't believe it was racial, but the two didn't get along. Russ was clearly pissed. Rick Barry - Watermelon Grin https://t.co/NrUSkzrwZH via @YouTube — Tom Lane (@CelticsSentinel) September 24, 2021 Bill responded with, "That was K. C. That wasn't me. That was K. C." Then Barry tried to pass the photo to Bill, and Russ wanted none of that either. "No. I don't want them" is how Russell responded, clearly pissed, but still maintaining that aura of class and composure. Alth