The Russell/Cousy led Celtics, which were a Finals mainstay, were the first to do it; punching their Final’s ticket from 1956-57 until 1965-66. Russell and Cousy led an amazing ten year run, which resulted in an eight-peat (copyright pending!) and a feat which will never be duplicated.
Magic’s Lakers made their Final’s reservations from 1981-81 through 1984-85 and came close to doing so again from 1986-87 through 1988-89 but fell short in 1990.
In a nod to the Ghosts of Celtic Past, Bird’s Celts were able to carve out their own place in the Finals from 1983-84 through 1986-87.
On a side note, Jordan’s Bulls most likely would have been added to the list. If MJ hadn’t left the NBA to pursue his Big League Dreams, he may have even come close to tying the Russell/Cousy led Celtics. But, he did leave and the list of teams remains at three.
Hakeem never did it.
Neither did Shaq.
The Bad Boys couldn’t do it.
Nor could the Tim Duncan led Spurs.
And yet, here these Lakers are. With a season full of bumps and bruises, injuries and distractions these Lakers are on the verge of making history. Currently, they are sitting in second place in the Western Conference; approximately six games behind the San Antonio Spurs. Were the NBA Finals to start tomorrow the Lakers would have home court advantage against all opponents but one-the Boston Celtics.
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