If you're not doing anything at 8 PM tonight, be sure to tune into Comcast SportsNet to watch a powerful documentary detailing the life of Reggie Lewis, who passed away 20 years ago yesterday on July 27, 1993.
Remember Reggie: The Life and Death of Reggie Lewis | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com
Reggie Lewis lived an exceptional life in the limelight as a basketball phenom, from his younger days in Baltimore, MD to his exemplary college career which put Northeastern University on the basketball map, to his drafting by the Boston Celtics and receiving of the captain’s torch from Larry Bird – no doubt that Reggie’s was a life of talent and promise. In July of 1993, as the young star was quickly becoming the face of the Celtics franchise, Reggie collapsed and died of heart failure while practicing at Brandeis University. For Boston sports fans, Reggie was a touchstone figure in the city’s sports history, but the full story of his life and untimely death on the court has never been told with great depth – until now.
Jackie MacMullan published a sensational column yesterday on Reggie Lewis that you can read here. Here is a short excerpt:
Remembering Reggie Lewis, 20 years after his tragic death - ESPN Boston
"He was on his way to being one of the best 2-guards in the league," said Brian Shaw, his friend and former teammate.
"Reggie was hard to stop," (Larry) Bird said. "He kept you off balance all the time. There were a few guys in the league I hated to guard because you didn't know what they were thinking. "I'm glad Reggie was my teammate, because he was one of them."
I personally don't have any memories of Reggie Lewis because I only turned three years old on the exact day of his passing, but as a lover of Boston Celtics history I have since read about him and watched videos of his play on the court. From what I can tell, Reggie Lewis most certainly was on his way to the hall of fame.