Throwback Thursday: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Wins 1985 NBA Finals MVP

kareem-abdul-jabbar-1985Arguments can be made that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the greatest player that ever played the game. Being the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer helps that argument, but another point to be made is the longevity of Abdul-Jabbar’s dominance.

In 1971 Kareem (then known as Lew Alcindor) won the NBA Finals MVP with the Milwaukee Bucks. 14 years later, Abdul-Jabbar won his second Finals MVP. Kareem became the first person to win Finals MVPs in two different decades (Tim Duncan would join him), the oldest NBA Finals MVP at age 38, and nobody has ever won Finals MVPS that far apart.

Making this performance that much more satisfying was that it came at the expense of the Boston Celtics. In 1984 the Celtics defeated the Lakers in an epic seven game series, continuing the Celtics dominance over the Lakers who had never defeated them in an NBA Finals.

Kareem was determined to not let that happen again.

After losing Game 1 in what was later named ‘The Memorial Day Massacre’ the Lakers would take over the series winning four of the next five games including Game 6 in Boston to end the series. This would mark the first time the Lakers defeated the Celtics in the NBA Finals and the first time any team ended a series in the Boston Garden.

Kareem was dominant against the Celtics front line, posting averages of 25.7 points, nine rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1 steal. In a must win Game 5 Kareem poured in 36 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks in the Lakers 120-111 win. In the clinching Game 6 Kareem dropped 29 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

We all marvel at Kobe’s amazing performance at the age of 35, and rightfully so. But on this Throwback Thursday lets pay homage to another Laker dominating despite his advanced age. Lakers Nation salutes The Cap, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

__________________________________________________________________________________
VIDEO: 2013 Slam Dunk Contest At Nike 3ON3 – 360 Cradle Dunk

You May Also Like

Robert Horry Says Blazers Rivalry Was Tougher Than Kings

[new_royalslider id=”152″] During the Kobe-Shaq era, the Los Angeles Lakers had their…

VIDEO: Andrew Bynum Wants To Return To The Los Angeles Lakers

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. One-time All-Star Andrew Bynum wants…

Lakers Nation News And Rumors Recap: Metta World Peace Says Goodbye

Over the years, the Los Angeles Lakers have had a plethora of memorable role players…

Game Recap: Lakers Get Hot Late, Steal A Win Vs. Kings

The Lakers had a week off before traveling to Sacramento to take…