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…

NBA – Special – Great Sports Legends – Wilt Chamberlain

DOG COMMENTARY: Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player….who played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA)…..while playing for the University of Kansas Jayhawks in college…..and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in…

NBA – 1986 Finals – Boston Celtics VS Houston Rockets – Game 2

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1985/1986 NBA Finals featuring the Boston Celtics vs Houston Rockets was a match-up that showcased maybe the only Celtics team….with five (5) players who were future members of the NBA Hall of Fame including Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parrish, Dennis Johnson and Bill Walton that could even come close to rivaling…

NBA – 1986 Finals – Boston Celtics VS Houston Rockets – Game 1

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1986 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics vs. the Houston Rockets featured the Celtics “Big Three plus One” in Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish along with Dennis Johnson against the Rockets “Twin Towers” of Ralph Sampson and Akeem Olajuwon….as each of these six players would eventually be induction into the…