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Wish you could have seen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Pete Maravich’s first ever NBA game? What about Clyde Frazier and Elvin Hayes from the intense Baltimore-New York rivalry of the '70s or a gem from the Bird/Magic Celtics/Lakers '80s clashes? Well, now you can with this ultimate NBA classic playlist of rarely seen games. It's an NBA fan's dream and it's all at your fingertips.
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoBird Soars in Game 7 Celtics-Pistons Playoff Masterpiece||Game 7 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals saw nineteen second-half lead changes and plenty of amazing performances led by Larry Bird (37 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists) and Kevin McHale (22 points, 10 rebounds). Yet the game still came down to a climactic finish with the Celtics clinging on a three-point win and ultimately the last NBA Finals appearance of the Bird-McHale-Parish era.||1:52:44||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Shot! Michael Jordan’s Game-Winner Over Craig Ehlo / Cavs||Cleveland fans got their first taste of Jordan’s greatness when MJ caught the inbounds pass along the sideline, sprinted across court with the ball, elevated and magically tossed in his dagger over the vainly outstretched arm of Craig Ehlo. Richfield Coliseum fans sit in stunned silence as Jordan pumped his fists in triumph.||1:33:49||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoBulls Deliver Thriller in Game 1 Finals Winner||Chicago's quest for a fifth title was contested by a Utah team, led by the duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone, that was playing in the NBA Finals for the first time. The result? A thrilling Game 1 finish that set the tone for the series. With the score tied at 82 and only seconds remaining, Michael Jordan used a crossover dribble to get free of Bryon Russell and buried a jumper from just inside the three-point circle as the buzzer sounded. Bulls 84, Jazz 82.||1:18:07||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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NBA HARDWOOD CLASSICS: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
I first want to thank iTunes for finally meeting my countless requests and making classic NBA games available for download. Now, I request that additional classic NBA games be made available for download. As a devoted and longtime NBA fan and iTunes user, I suspect that by adding additional classic games will not only increase usage and generate revenue for iTunes, but will be met with open arms among the countless iTunes users who are NBA lovers as well. I would like to see additional classic games that feature all the greats from any and all eras of the NBA. Classic NBA All-Star Games including Magic's MVP performance in 1992; Glen Rice's historic 24 point 2nd half performance in 1997; Jordan’s final All-Star Game which saw the Western Conference All-Stars in prevail in a dramatic 2OT game 2003 should not be missed, either. NBA Finals and Playoff games including the Bulls’ Game 7 2nd round playoff series win over the Knicks in 1992; Jordan's spectacular Game 1 performance in the 1992 NBA Finals; John Starks’ iconic dunk over Jordan in Game 2 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals; the Suns’ 3OT victory in Game 3 of the 1993 NBA Finals; Jordan's 55 point performance in Game 4; Paxon’s series clinching 3 pointer to close out the 1993 NBA Finals; the 8th seeded Denver Nuggets dramatic first round playoff series win in Game 5 over the #1 seeded Seattle SuperSonics; Kevin Johnson’s thunderous dunk over Hakeem Olajuwon in Game 4 of the 2nd round playoff series between the Houston Rockets and the Phoenix Suns; the 8th seeded Nuggets’ dramatic Game 6 win over Utah to force a Game 7 after being down 0-3 in the series becoming the first team in NBA playoff history to do so; Reggie Millers’ 25 point 4th quarter performance in Game 5 against the Knicks; the Knicks’ dramatic Game 7 win over Indiana in the Eastern Conference Finals; Reggie Miller’s memorable performance of 8 points in 8.1 seconds in Game 1 of the 1995 first round series against the Knicks; Rik Smits’ dramatic buzzer beating shot to seal the Pacers win in Game 4 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic; the Bulls’ Game 7 victory over Indiana in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals; the Lakers Game 7 win over Portland in 2000 which saw them advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years, should also be considered. And while everyone remembers the historic 72-10 regular season record set by the Bulls during the 1995-1996 season, not many remember the Denver Nuggets’ dramatic home win over the Bulls; or the Toronto Raptors’ unfathomable 1-point win led by their rookie sensation Damon Stoudamire, or Miami’s 1-point road victory in Chicago that year which resulted in the Bulls’ first regular season home loss. The Bulls’ record-breaking 70th win in Milwaukee should also be made available as it was a historic game. iTunes should also post some of the greatest postseason classic matchups ever to have occurred: Nique vs. Bird. Jordan vs. Detroit. Iverson’s historic performance in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals. The entire 2002 Western Conference Finals series between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers including the dramatic buzzer beating game winning shot in Game 4 by Robert Horry. Iverson's career playoff high of 55 points against the Hornets in 2003, as well as other classic NBA games which feature buzzer beating finishes or record-breaking performances should also be made available for download as well. Again, I congratulate iTunes on taking the next step in making available a good product, and I encourage iTunes to continue to move forward by making additional classic NBA games available for download. I am confident that the response will be overwhelmingly favorable and positive. I am sure I am forgetting other moments which need consideration as well, but only time will tell if they will become available for download.
It's a good start
It's a good start, but please put all of the content from the original broadcasts. The 1997 Finals game 1 is only 1 hr and 18 minutes which leads me to believe something is missing. It's good to have classics, but as a fan of the league I'd like to see Apple and the NBA work on releasing every single game from every season and all star event. It will take time, but the fans of various teams and players will appreciate this content being made available. Thanks.
No Replays of The Shot?!
If you call the episode "The Shot," why does it end immediately after Jordan hits the floater over Ehlo, with no replays, no interview with MJ? It's bad enough I had to watch over an hour of Brad Sellers and Dave Corzine, but this was unconscionable.