There’s an article you’ve got to read over on ESPN right now. Jackie McMullan wrote this piece on Reggie Lewis that really made me smile.
From an interview she had about Reggie with Michael Jordan:
“He was a tough matchup,” Jordan said. “He had those long arms that really bothered me.
“I was trying to be aggressive with him. I was trying to take advantage of his passive demeanor, but he didn’t back down. He never relinquished his own aggressiveness.
“He shocked me a little bit.”
And then there’s this surprising statistical factoid:
By the time he died, he was one of six players who, from 1988-93, posted at least 7,500 points, 1,500 rebounds, 1,000 assists and 500 steals. The other five — Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Chris Mullin — are all Hall of Famers.
For me personally, Reggie Lewis, a star guard for the Celtics from 1988-93 who tragically passed away prior to the start of the 1993-94 season at the age of 27, remains one of my all-time favorite players. He was 6′ 7″ with crazy long arms (think Tracy McGrady) and a tremendous first step. On top of that, he could shoot it from all over, and his J was particularly deadly along the baseline with an old-school pull-up from 15 to 20 feet out. He was a top-notch defender as well, leveraging his length to really space opponents for the drive but still contest shots effectively (think Kevin Durant). I was of course a huge Bulls fan because of MJ, but I always felt like Reggie belonged in the conversation with the other star wing players in the league like Clyde Drexler, Scottie Pippen, and Dominique Wilkins.