This Day In Sports History (May 5th) – Boston Celtics
It was on this day in 1969 that the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers played Game 7 of the NBA finals. The Celtics would go on to win the game 108-106, giving Boston their 11th NBA championship in 13 years.
Despite the Celtics recent dominance, they were actually considered underdogs, as the Lakers boasted a star-studded lineup led by hall of famers Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. Although Boston had three future hall of famers of their own in Bill Russell, John Havlicek and Sam Jones, they were considered by many as an aging team who were past their prime.
Jerry West would go on to win the NBA finals MVP in the first year it was awarded, and he remains the only player to win the award while playing for the losing team. This game would also be the last game ever played by Celtic greats Bill Russell and Sam Jones.
Here is a look back at the 1968-69 Boston Celtics season.
Zigmund Palffy, NHL – Born May 5th 1972 (age 39) in Skalica, Czechoslovakia
Muhsin Muhammad, NFL – Born May 5th 1973 (age 38) in Lansing, Michigan
Chris Duncan, MLB – Born May 5th 1981 (age 30) in Tucson, Arizona