The 2018 NBA season has reached the Conference Finals, and if you’re team is still in the hunt for the championship, then you’re likely watching every game that you can. You may also be thinking back to the Finals matchups of the past, such as the three straight years of the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers battling it out on the hardwood, or the Chicago Bulls teams of the 90s that won six championships.
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If you’re old enough to remember the Finals in the 80s, then you’ll remember the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers taking home the majority of the championships. Often, it was the two teams playing each other for the title, with legendary players such as Larry Bird and Magic Johnson putting up amazing numbers. The two teams combined have 33 championship titles, with Boston barely edging out the Lakers with 17 titles to LA’s 16 rings. Between their time in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, the Lakers have appeared in the Finals a total of 31 times. With a record of 16-15, they’re definitely one of the most dominant franchises in NBA history.
Players such as Larry Bird and Magic Johnson have reached legendary status, but you can’t talk about legendary players without mentioning Michael Jordan. Jordan and the Bulls won three straight championships from 1991 to 1993, and following Jordan’s short retirement to play minor league baseball and his return to basketball in 1995, the team won another three straight titles from 1996 to 1998. Arguably one of the best, if not the best, to ever play the game, Jordan will forever be remembered by those who watched professional basketball in the 90s. He, of course, couldn’t have won those rings on his own, and with a supporting cast that boasted players such as Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, along with hall-of-fame coach Phil Jackson, Jordan has cemented his legacy in sports history.
No team can compete for a championship without a great coach, and there have been many great leaders throughout the history of basketball. Red Auerbach led the Celtics to eight straight championships from 1959 to 1966, after he’d captured his first title in 1957. Pat Riley won four championships with the Lakers in the 80s, and another as the head coach of the Miami Heat in 2006. We’ve already mentioned Phil Jackson, who has the most championship wins as a head coach with 11 (six with the Bulls, five with the Lakers). The list of legendary coaches goes on and on, with names like Gregg Popovich, Larry Brown, and Chuck Daly filling up the roster.
If you’re a basketball fan, then look through our catalog today to find your new memorabilia. We have options from nearly every team in NBA history, and you can find signed basketballs, jerseys, photos, and more. If you have questions about a product, or you want to know when we will get an item from a certain player, either past or present, then feel free to contact us at any time. We’re always adding new inventory, so be sure to check back often to see if we have something from your favorite team or player. Who knows? You may find that one piece of memorabilia that you’ve been searching for for years, or a gift that you know will be perfect for someone in your family.