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Gone but not forgotten

Thirty years goes by in the blink of an eye...

My personal memory of that day, we were in Disney going to dinner and we heard it on the radio. I cried and was in shock. How could the next great Celtic die playing the game he loved. The first basketball jersey I personally bought with my own money. I still have the newspapers my dad had my Papou buy back home. I still have that jersey, and all his basketball cards I collected along with a shirt my dad had of him. 

Any Celtic fan my age or older knows about Reggie and what promise he had as a player. He truly was becoming that next Great Celtic. He played alongside the big three and I'm sure learned from their greatness. His game was becoming that of a true star. He once blocked Michael Jordan multiple times in a game. Yes Michael freaking Jordan.... Reggie had a beautiful jumper and midrange game. He could get to the rim and man he could defend. He played the game the way it should be. If not for his early death he would be in the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

His number hangs from the rafters where it belongs. Amongst the Celtics greats. He was that next guy, and maybe we don't suffer through such lean years as fans. In a perfect dream Reggie and Len Bias would have formed a duo that could have been incredibly amazing. Helping the C's to multiple titles and challenging those 90s Bulls teams. Reggie showed what he was on the floor, yet he had so much more to give. Even as I write I get choked up thinking about him. 

The love I have for Reggie as a player will never pass. He will always have a special place in my basketball heart. Memory Eternal Reggie. 

Thirty years sure did go by in the blink of an eye. 



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