NBA – 1981 NBA All Star Game – West VS East – PreGame & 1st Qtr

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1981 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game which was played February 1, 1981, at Richfield Arena in Richfield Township, Ohio. This was the 31st edition of the National Basketball Association All-Star Game and was played during the 1980–81 NBA season….which was coached by Billy Cunningham, Philadelphia 76ers for the Eastern Conference….and…

NBA – Special – Tribute to Dr J – The Story Of His Career

DOG COMMENTARY: Bone Daddy played multiple sports well into his 40’s….city league flag football, basketball and volleyball….but his very favorite sport thas always been basketball….for as the original Sportsphile….he believes that the skills that the game of basketball require to be good at the game….can be translated into any other sport that there is….strengh, speed,…

NBA Special – 1986 Lottery 1st 8 Picks Selection Process – Commissioner David Stern Announces

DOG ASIDE: Prior to the 1986 NBA Lottery, the NBA conducted this televised event on NBC….as hosted by Pat O’Brien….in which the NBA Commissioner, David Stern, announced the order of selection by the first eight teams to pick in the upcoming 1986 NBA Draft….as Stern announces the 8th team first….working his way and announcing the…

NBA – Special -NBA Ref Jess Thompson Helps 7 Yr Old Natalie Ross Sing Nathional Anthem

DOG COMMENTARY: By the time this wonderful video of NBA referee Jess Thompson helping 7 year old Natalie Ross sing the National Anthem prior to a Philadelphia 76’ers game in the 1980’s is truly one of the best “nuggets of gold” in the Imasportsphile treasure chest of vintage content….for it shows the “better side” of…

NBA – 1987 Finals – Game 2 – The Forum – Detroit Pistons VS Los Angeles Lakers – 1st Half

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1988 NBA Finals was the championship series for the 1987–88 NBA season….which pitted the champion Los Angeles Lakers from the year before….who were coached by Hall of Fame Pat Riley….against the Detroit Pistons….who were coach by future Hall of Fame Chuck Daley…..after one of coach Pat Riley‘s most famous moments came when…

NBA – 1987 Eastern Conference Playoffs – 1st Round – Game 5 – Philadelphia 76’ers VS Milwaukee Bucks

DOG ASIDE: This 1987 NBA Eastern Conference 1st Round Playoffs featured the Philadelphia 76’ers….including Charles Barkley, Mo Cheeks, Tim McCormick, Cliff Robinson, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Albert King, Roy Hinson, Mike Giminski, Andrew Toney, David Wingate and Dave Henderson and was coached by Matt Goukas….while their opponents the Milwaukee Bucks were lead by their coach…

NBA – 1986 West Conference Finals – Game 5 – The Forum – Los Angeles Lakers VS Houston Rockets

DOG ASIDE: The Los Angeles Lakers had won the 1985 NBA Championship over the Boston Celtic in dominating fashion by winning 4 games to 2…..and came into the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets as a heavy favorite to “five-peat” as Conference Champions….after having won the West in 1981 – 1985….as these were the…

NBA – 1986 West Finals – Game 5 – Los Angeles Lakers VS Houston Rockets

DOG COMMENTARY: To many NBA pudit’s surprise at the time….The Houston Rockets entered Game 5 of the 1986 NBA Western Conference Finals on May 21, 1986 against the Los Angeles Lakers with a 3 – 1 series lead over the defending NBA Champions….who were huge favorites to send the Rockets home early in the series….for…

NBA – 1986 Finals – Boston Celtics VS Houston Rockets – Game 3

DOG COMMENTARY: The year prior to this 1986 NBA Finals series with the Houston Rockets….the Celtics made the 1985 NBA Finals….but lost in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers…..which was a series that exposed some of Boston’s weaknesses….such as the lack of bench scoring….which was exploited after Kevin McHale moved to the starting lineup…