Monday, June 5, 2017

1977: A Madman Turns 40: 2017- Day 155


     For today's edition of a Madman Turns 40, I look at hoops- basketball hoops!

     It was on this date that the Portland Trailblazers won their first and so far, only NBA title. They beat the Philadelphia 76ers in 6 games 

Future NBA Hall-of-Famers
Bill Walton and Coach Jack Ramsey celebrate winning the NBA Championship.

     Portland was the clear underdog in this match-up. The 76ers had George McGinnis. They also had Doctor J- Julius Erving! However, the Trailblazers did have a promising young star in UCLA's Bill Walton. Sadly, a foot injury the next season would be the first of many leg issues for the tall red-head and cut his career drastically short.

Doctor J. takes flight!

     In 2017- the Golden State Warriors are looking to win their 5th title against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lead by the inhuman Seth Curry, the Warriors currently lead the series 2-0. However, Lebron James and Duke's Kyrie Irving look to do what Walton and the Blazers did in '77, come back from a 2-0 deficit to sweep the next 4 games. It should be an interesting match-up...
The Portland fans celebrate!

    Well, that's my look at my favorite year for today. Until next time...

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