Saturday, February 18, 2017

Grinding it out to get Weekly Challenge Diamond (95) Willis Reed



Diamond (95) Willis Reed is now in my collection. What does this really mean? Well, we're inching closer to the ultimate Weekly Challenges Rewards Card - Pink Diamond (99) Elgin Baylor to add to our Lakers squad. The only card left ahead of us is Diamond (95) George McGinnis.

A little about Willis Reed - In the 1969-70 NBA season Reed became the first player in NBA history to be named the NBA All-Star Game MVP, the NBA regular season MVP, and the NBA Finals MVP in the same season. Reed was best known for playing a pivitol part to stopping the Lakers in the 1970 NBA Championship. In the first four games of that seven-game series, Reed averaged 32 ppg against a very strong Lakers team which included Lakers big man Wilt Chamberlain. Reed was able to contain Chamberlain to just 19 ppg.

Then in Game 5 Reed suffered a severe thigh muscle tear. In a Reed-less game 6, Chamberlain went off and scored 45 points and grabbed 27 rebounds, consequently forcing a game 7. No one expected Reed's return and all hope went out the window for Knicks fans.

With the help of a Cortisone shot and Reed's relentless will to compete, a hobbling Reed suited up for game 7. Reed with limited playing time was able to yet again contain Chamberlain and help the Knicks win their first title.

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4 comments :

  1. You'll be pretty happy with him in general. I know I am; solid rebounder, great inside scorer and I LOVE catching him csmping in the corner to give him a Catch & Shoot three pointer.

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    1. Thanks Sam. Haven't used him yet but In intend to soon.

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