Celts And Lakers Have Lots Of History In The Finals
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Phil Jackson knows the story by heart, even
if his players only seem interested in the last two chapters.
Their coach is steeped in the history of pro basketball's most
compelling rivalry, familiar with every twist in the Boston
Celtics' half-century of championship clashes with the Los Angeles
Jackson doesn't mind that almost everybody playing in the
franchises' 12th NBA finals meeting doesn't have much of a grasp on
the history sewn into the uniforms they wear.
So what the deep-seated hatred between the franchises' fans
doesn't seem to be truly appreciated by anybody except Paul Pierce,
the Los Angeles native and Celtics star?
The clubs have a chance to rekindle that fire starting Thursday
night at Staples Center.
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