“The tears of the 1985 Celtics when they lost to the Lakers in the Finals”

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gave some hilarious answers to the rapid-fire questions while he was a guest on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Abdul-Jabbar was on the late-night show to promote his new charity, “The Skyhook Foundation.” Fallon and the six-time champion discussed a host of topics such as the 2022 NBA Finals, the one and only 3-point shot of his career and his namesake Social Justice Champion award, among other things.

In the game segment “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Settles It,” Fallon asked him rapid-fire questions. One of them was a harmless, “What’s your favorite hot dog topping?” question and the basketball legend gave a hilarious answer, saying:

“The tears of the 1985 Celtics when they lost to the Lakers in the Finals.”

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The crowd erupted into laughter as the New York native taunted the Boston Celtics after they had just lost another NBA Finals. Fallon stood up and started air-guitaring after the spectacular answer. He said he was expecting “mustard” as the reply.

In the 1985 Finals between the LA Lakers and Boston Celtics, the two dynasties led by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird faced off for a second consecutive finals.

The Celtics defeated the Lakers in the 1984 NBA Finals in a grueling Game 7 victory on their home floor. The Lakers then bounced back in 1985, winning the series 4-2 and Abdul-Jabbar was the Finals MVP at age 38. The victory snapped Boston’s streak of winning eight finals against them, giving Los Angeles its first win over its rivals.

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Essentially, he said his coach wouldn’t allow him to attempt that shot because it wasn’t a high-percentage look. Abdul-Jabbar excelled in the paint with his famous sky hook, and it wouldn’t be wise to shoot 3-pointers. Thus, he said that his coaches would bench him if he attempted a shot beyond the arc.

Abdul-Jabbar hilariously added that if he keeps up his pace, he will catch Steph Curry in 3-pointers made in 77 years. He continued:

“2,099. And I’m gonna be catching Steph Curry.”


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Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein