The NBA loves a good rivalry. When two teams share a combative history, it generates interest. Viewership and ticket sales correspond accordingly.
More importantly, it’s simply fun for the fans. A good rivalry can make a regular-season game feel like a heated postseason contest.
Luckily, the league’s history is littered with good rivalries. With that said, none can compare to the historic rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
Throughout the 1960s, these two teams regularly battled for league-wide supremacy. More often than not, the Celtics came out on top.
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With that said, the 1980s were more competitive – and the Lakers ultimately reigned supreme during that era. Of course, that made it all the sweeter when the Celtics came out on top in the 2008 NBA Finals.
With all of that history, could the two sides come together to make the blockbuster trade of the summer?