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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