For those of you who did not know already, today is “Back to the Future” day. Somewhere in Hill Valley right now, Marty McFly and “Doc” Emmett Brown are up to their usual time-traveling adventures.
In the second installment in one of the most revered trilogies of all-time, the duo traveled ahead in time to this current date: October 21, 2015. Needless to say, the creators of the film were a bit off in their perception of how life would be in the year 2015. Sorry Doc, but we still all need roads if we are driving a car. But, predicting the future 30 years from now is about as difficult as defending Kobe Bryant in the prime of his career, so we’ll let it slide.
Instead of hopping in the DeLorean, gunning it to 88 miles per hour and traveling to the future, let’s go back to 1985, the year that this journey began for Marty and Doc.
While those two were up to their shenanigans in ’85, the Los Angeles Lakers were on their path to what many regard as the franchise’s greatest moment in its rich and illustrious history. That moment, of course, was when the Lakers finally defeated the Boston Celtics in an NBA Finals series, closing them out in the famous Game 6 at the Boston Garden, becoming the first team to accomplish this feat. To this day, no other team can say they clinched the NBA championship against the Celtics in Boston.
So on this “Back to the Future” day, we travel to the past and pay tribute to one of the greatest eras in the history of the game of basketball: The Showtime era.
And we relive the moment that triggered one of the late, great Dr. Jerry Buss’ most famous quotes: “It can never again be said that the Lakers have never beaten the Celtics.”