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In case you hadn’t heard already, iTunes recently made available for download games from the NBA Hardwood Classics series, as well as prior year playoff and all-star games. What’s even better is the low, low price: entire volumes for under $20 or single games for only $1.99.
Bullets fans can enjoy a 1973 match-up with the Knicks that took place at none other than the Cole Field House on the campus of the University of Maryland. The game was the second of a back-to-back with the Knicks and the (then Baltimore) Bullets had won convincingly in the opener, 97-75.
Perhaps the best part about the viewing experience is getting a look at legendary Bullets players. Featured in this game were Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, and our favorite commentator Phil Chenier. Also featured in the game were former Bullet-turned Knick, Earl Monroe, and other franchise noteworthy players such as Willis Reed and player-turned-politician Bill Bradley*.
Due to the era, there obviously isn’t any flair, but the game did feature some excellent shooting and rebounding (and to a lesser extent, great beards and gold chains with pendants). For the price, this is a must-own for all fans.
* - During the Democratic Party primary season before the 2000 election, Bill Bradley and other candidates came to speak at my school, Morgan State University. I was a political science major preparing to vote for the first time, so I was there and pretty excited.
After the speaking had concluded, I was approached by a local reporter who asked me something along the lines of if Bradley’s past in the NBA would influence my primary vote. It was clearly not the most ideal thing to ask a young black male at a historically black university.
I ignored him.