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Missing Reggie Lewis

RedsArmyAdmin July 27, 2008 Uncategorized 8 Comments

'Not again.' 

Those were among the first words to tumble awkwardly off the quivering lips of Celtics fans on this day 15 years ago.  We had only just started to get past the loss of Len Bias.  And then we heard the news.

Reggie Lewis was dead.

The Celtics had just come off a 48 win season.  Reggie succeeded Larry Bird as Team Captain.  He put up 21 points a game in the regular season.  The 17 points he'd score in 13 minutes against Charlotte in the first game of the playoffs would be his last.  He collapsed on the court and would miss the rest of the series.  He collapsed again on July 27, 1993.  That time, he never got up.

Reggie Lewis was destined for greatness.  Reggie Lewis should have been hugging Paul Pierce and a former Celtic in his mid-40's.  I should have that picture hanging in my office.  Former captain and current captain.  Torch being passed. 

I'll never forget standing in my room watching his funeral on TV.  Sobbing like I'd lost my own brother… knowing we'd lost a great player, and a true Celtic.

We will always miss you Reggie.

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  • http://nbakingdom.wordpress.com/ Julien

    I remember how devastated I was the day I learnt his demise. I was stunned, just unable to believe what I heard.
    He was a hell of a player… Barely 28 yo when he left.
    I also remember all the gossips that followed his demise, stuff dealing with his addiction to drugs, that could have triggered his death. That was sad.

  • http://redsarmy.com BigMck

    His wife didn’t help his legacy….not with all those lawsuits.

  • droopy

    i was only 7 when he died but he was my favorite player of all time and i rememeber my father coming in to tell me he passed when we were on vacation like it was yesterday… he was awesome. my favorite player ever and always will be

  • LanceG

    I really liked the Reggie Lewis story. From bench player to all-star. Coached by Calhoun. From famous Dunbar high school. I even saw him play at the old Garden. I remember Dee Brown and Rick Fox crying like babies after his death. I wonder what happened to his 2 sons. I’m so glad he got his number retired. He was a superstar in the making.

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  • JJ

    My dad was a professor at Northeastern when Reggie was there and we went to the games because the tickets were cheap and available and it was a well-coached team (Calhoun). Celtics fans who didn’t see him for 4 years in college — and there’s probably only a hundred or two who did — only got half the sense of how special Reggie was. He was the consummate team player, a superstar who could have averaged another 10 points a game in college, but held back to keep his teammates involved and happy. He’d routinely score 8 against a bad team and 38 against a big rival, and still ended up one of the high scorers in the nation. I’ve never seen another player that talented and that unselfish, except maybe KG. His untimely death is proof there is no justice in this world.

  • james h

    I STILL THINK ABOUT HIM TO THIS DAY. HE COULD HAVE TAKEN THE CELTICS TO THE TOP AS WELL. AND I REMEMBER HEARING HE DIED AND IT BROKE MY HEART BECAUSE I WAS JUST REALLY GETTING IN TO COLLECTING BASKETBALL CARDS. AND HIS CARD WAS THE FIRST CARD I EVER SEEN WHEN I BOUGHT MY FIRST PACK. AND I KEPT UP WITH HIS CAREER TIL THE DAY HE DIED. HE WAS EVERTHING THE NBA TRIES TO EMBRACE PLAYERS TO BE. HE HAS AT LEAST ONE FAN THAT WILL NEVER FORGET HIM.
    JAMES HOLLIDAY JR.

  • S.L.J.

    Ironically, the first memory i have of reggie lewis, was when he lit up my favorite team, the lakers for like 35 points in the garden back in ’89. It was because of him that i gained some love for the boys in green. he was also one of my favorite players. remembering reggie lewis, also helped soften the blow of seeing the celtics demolish the lakers 131-92 to clinch the title. my first thought afterwards was, man, i wish they could of done it with reggie.