Phoenix guard Kevin Johnson defensively matches up with Seattle Sonics guard Avery Johnson during the 1989 NBA season. Twenty three years later Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, is in another defensive match trying the keep the Sacramento Kings in Northern California.
The Los Angeles Lakers were defined for 14 seasons by the play of Kareem Abdul -Jabbar from 1976 to 1989 as he lead the Lakers to 13 consecutive playoff appearances, five NBA titles and four league MVP awards. Abdul-Jabbar finished his career with 38,387 regular season points, tops in the NBA.
Bill Russell and Bob Walsh have shared nearly 40 years of globe trotting experiences together since arriving in Seattle in 1973 to run the Seattle SuperSonics. Neither Bill nor Bob would ever allow the perception of an obstecle to waylay their desire for success.
Long time NBA head coach Pat Riley guided the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat during his 24 seasons on the bench, coming away with 19 winning seasons and five NBA championships.
Long time NBA and collegiate head coach Larry Brown is the only head coach to win a NBA world title with the 2004 Detroit Pistons and a NCAA Final Four title with the 1988 Kansas Jayhawks.
Phoenix Suns guard Jeff Hornacek wound himself in between Seattle Sonics players Avery Johnson, Xavier McDaniel, Michael Cage and Dale Ellis during the Sonics 120-110 victory on Jan 6, 1990
Philadelphia 76ers forward Charles Barkey gets his pregame stretch prior to the December 27, 1989 game with the Seattle Supersonics. The Sonics defeated Barkley and the 76ers 110-106.
NBA referees confer during a time out during a 1989 Sonics game. This image was made from a vantage point high in the center truss in the Seattle Center Coliseum.
After a six-year run calling the King County Kingdome its home court, the Seattle Supersonics returned to the Seattle Center Coliseum for the 1985-86 season. They scored a 86-85 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on March 29, 1986.