Reggie Lewis’ jersey retirement ceremony in the old Boston Garden

1993 was the offseason. rising Boston Celtics star small forward Reggie Lewis After falling on Brandeis’ basketball court during offseason practice, the former Northeastern star collapsed and died.

Popularly known as the heir apparent to Larry Bird and the bridge to a post-original “big three” era of Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale, the Celtics instead found themselves reeling from the loss of a franchise cornerstone player for the second time in less than a decade. In honor of Lewis’ life and contributions to the team, the franchise retired his No. 35 jersey was raised to the rafters in 1995.

You can watch the entire ceremony held in the Boston Garden, to honor his passing, and a packed house of Celtics alumni who were legends or teammates was there.

Rest in Peace, Reggie.

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