November 2, 2016

Tonight will go down as a historic night. The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series in 108 years. The Cleveland Indians have not won a World Series in 68 years. These are the two longest active droughts in the MLB. But, that all changes tonight. One of these teams is hours away from hoisting up the Commissioner’s Trophy and being crowned World Champions. Game 7 is arguably the greatest offering sports can provide. There is no tomorrow or next game. It is winner take all. Tonight, with a championship on the line, proves to be one for the ages.

As sports fans around the world get ready to gather and watch the Cubs take on the Indians, we direct you to some classic Game 7 performances in NBA history from some of our NBRPA members.

• ‘Big Game’ James Worthy lives up to his clutch billing as he recorded a triple double (36-16-10) in Game 7 of the 1988 NBA Finals leading the Lakers to their second consecutive NBA championship

• In what many remember as the game Willis Reed heroically limped through the Madison Square Garden tunnel playing on a bad leg in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals, Walt Fraizer put the Knicks on his back scoring 36 and grabbing 19 rebounds leading the Knicks to their first championship

• In a highly anticipated matchup of the game’s best centers, Hakeem Olajuwon topped his rival Patrick Ewing scoring 25 and 10 in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals while controlling the point defensively to lead the Rockets to their first championship

• On a star studded team featuring Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, Cedric Maxwell had one of the most memorable moments of his career with a stat line of 24-8-8 plus a key steal on Magic Johnson in the waning seconds of Game 7 of the1984 Finals leading the Celtics over their hated rival Los Angeles Lakers

• NBRPA co-founder Dave Cowens scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds leading the Celtics to a championship victory in Game 7 of the 1974 NBA Finals

• Wes Unseld won Finals MVP averaging 15-9-6 while leading the Bullets in the 1978 Finals. Not known for his free throw shooting, he also hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds to ice the game for the Bullets in Game 7 of the 1978 NBA Finals

• A rookie coming out party was had for both Tom Heinsohn (37 points and 23 rebounds) and Bill Russell (19 point and 32 rebounds) as they dominated the paint leading Boston to its first championship in Game 7 of the 1958 NBA Finals

The NBRPA wishes the best of luck to all the players tonight playing in Game 7 and look forward to witnessing history being made!

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.