The NBA has gone back to the future. The Los Angeles Lakers will face off against the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals, a rematch 21 years in the making since the Lakers topped the Celtics in 1987.
The last time these two storied franchises met for the NBA championship, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States, gas was under $1 per gallon, "Beverly Hills Cop II" dominated the summer box office, and Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" was the best-selling record (shudder).
ESPN has the top 10 most memorable moments in the L.A.-Boston rivalry, and ESPN Classic will be airing some standout games from the '80s leading up to Thursday's opener.
UPDATE, SUNDAY, JUNE 1: East Coast bias is alive and well in the media. :) The three journalists who gave predictions on ESPN's "Sports Reporters" this morning all picked the Celtics. Silly boys. Maybe the Lakers playoff games were just on too late -- past their bedtimes -- and these guys haven't seen them play. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.