Day 19: The Captain


Today is Day 19 of the Omer. Hod sheb’tiferet. Compassion that leads to Gratitude.

If you know one thing about Knicks great Willis Reed, it’s probably his heroic appearance in Game 7 of the 1970 Finals vs. the Los Angeles Lakers. After suffering a torn thigh muscle in Game 5, his team rallied to victory, but they were clearly outmatched against the Lakers in Game 6. With the series tied 3-3, there was significant doubt that Reed would be able to play at all. But on one leg, he inspired the Knicks and Madison Square Garden for a historic win.

That year, Reed became the first player in NBA history to be named the NBA All-Star Game MVP, the NBA regular season MVP, and the NBA Finals MVP in the same season. A tough, undersized center, Reed was a 7x All-Star, who averaged 18.7 points and 12.9 rebounds/game in his…

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