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Basketball minutiae of the 1980s...

Postby inallairness » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:15 am

Hey all,

What's your favourite / most-obscure basketball (NBA, NCAA, CBA, etc) -related minutiae of the 1980s? I'd love to learn more about the offbeat, unusual, or simply bizarre happenings that related to a player, team, moment, game, etc. I plan to research them in more depth and provide quick-fire content based on said minutiae. If I use your suggestion, I'll give you a shout-out when it's released. I hope we can get some interesting topics listed here. Here's an example I'll offer:

Michael Jordan broke his wrist in Oct, 1982 (seven months after his game-winner vs Georgetown) - he wore a cast on his (left) wrist and still top-scored (w/ 27p) in a UNC Blue-White exhibition game, just weeks later. This happened just prior to the 1982-83 NCAA season commencing.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions. Adam.
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Re: Basketball minutiae of the 1980s...

Postby rlee » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:20 pm

In the 1980's, two players played against each other in the NBA playoffs who had also played against each other in their state's high school championship final and in an NCAA championship final.
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Re: Basketball minutiae of the 1980s...

Postby MCT » Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:21 pm

rlee wrote:In the 1980's, two players played against each other in the NBA playoffs who had also played against each other in their state's high school championship final and in an NCAA championship final.

I had an idea on this one, two players who I think meet the last two criteria, but I just checked and they don't meet the first one - they never faced off in the NBA playoffs. One of the two players spent only a single season in the NBA, and neither player's team made the playoffs that year.
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Re: Basketball minutiae of the 1980s...

Postby rlee » Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:33 pm

I'll hold off with the answer for now. Who were your two?
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Re: Basketball minutiae of the 1980s...

Postby inallairness » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:23 am

Thanks for the tip. I'll have to look into this!

rlee wrote:In the 1980's, two players played against each other in the NBA playoffs who had also played against each other in their state's high school championship final and in an NCAA championship final.
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Re: Basketball minutiae of the 1980s...

Postby MCT » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:42 pm

rlee wrote:I'll hold off with the answer for now. Who were your two?

Patrick Ewing and Dwayne McClain. Both played high school basketball in Massachusetts, and both were in the same year in school. Ewing played for Cambridge Rindge & Latin, which is the public high school that serves the City of Cambridge, just outside Boston. McClain played for Holy Name, a Catholic school in Worcester, in the central part of the state. IIRC, Ewing's CR&L team won the Division I state championship in Ewing's sophomore, junior and senior seasons (1979, 1980, and 1981). In 1980, the team they defeated in the state finals was McClain's Holy Name team.

For college, Ewing went to Georgetown, McClain to Villanova. The two schools faced off in the NCCA Division I championship game in 1985, when Ewing and McClain were seniors. This time, McClain's team obviously came out on top.

McClain and Ewing never faced off in the NBA playoffs, however. McClain only played one year in the NBA - 1985-86, with the Pacers - and neither McClain's Pacers nor Ewing's Knicks made the playoffs that season.
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Re: Basketball minutiae of the 1980s...

Postby rlee » Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:31 am

In 1980, R&L defeated Worcester North for the state title:

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1980/ ... -title-pa/




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