When discussing the the greatest NBA teams of all time, the Showtime era Los Angeles Lakers often come up, and justifiably so. During their reign in the 1980s, the Showtime Lakers — led by Basketball Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy — won five championships and made the Finals eight times.
However, for a generation of basketball fans born in 1990 and beyond, that case is a little harder to make. Sure, the highlights are available online, but it’s a different experience to watch them play a game. It’s for that reason Jacob and Christian re-watched one of the Showtime Lakers’ best games — Game 6 of the 1987 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics — on this week’s episode fo “Can U Dig It?”
The 1987 NBA Finals marked the third and final matchup between Larry Bird’s Celtics and the Showtime Lakers. The Celtics got the best of the Lakers in 1984, but the Lakers came back and evened up the score in 1985, setting the 1987 Finals up to be a historic “winner take all” event.
Without giving too much away, Jacob and Christian agreed that the Showtime Lakers lived up to the hype, and they may have even exceeded any expectations they had going into the game.