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Reggie Lewis: highlights - and dramatic event - of his last NBA game
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Reggie Lewis - Last Game as a Celtic
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Reggie Lewis dies Tv4 News Reports 1993
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Michael Jordan gets shot blocked 4 times by Reggie Lewis
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THE BEST RUBY CARD IN NBA 2K18 MyTEAM!! | THE GOAT REGGIE LEWIS RETURNS!! | NBA 2K18 SUPERMAX
Published: 2017/09/17
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Reggie Lewis Mix HQ
Reggie Lewis Mix HQ
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Reggie Lewis (36 Points) Vs Mark Price (27 Points)
Reggie Lewis (36 Points) Vs Mark Price (27 Points)
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Celtics retire Reggie Lewis
Celtics retire Reggie Lewis's jersey (final Bulls vist to the Garden) part 1 by Sole Records
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8 Athletes Who Died On Camera
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Reggie Lewis 20
Reggie Lewis 20
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Reggie Lewis (37pts/4stls/3blks) vs. Bullets (1991)
Reggie Lewis (37pts/4stls/3blks) vs. Bullets (1991)
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Reggie Lewis Career Highlights - Celtics Great
Reggie Lewis Career Highlights - Celtics Great
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MY FAVORITE CARDS IN MyTEAM SQUAD!! ft. Reggie Lewis!! | NBA 2K17 MYTEAM SQUAD BUILDER
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NBA 2k17 MyTeam -  REGGIE LEWIS REVIEW, SECRET BEAST!!
NBA 2k17 MyTeam - REGGIE LEWIS REVIEW, SECRET BEAST!!
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Top 10 Basketball Players who Died During their Careers
Top 10 Basketball Players who Died During their Careers
Published: 2017/07/04
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Larry Bird & Reggie Lewis
Larry Bird & Reggie Lewis 'Basketball Clinic' vs Milwaukee Bucks (1989)
Published: 2015/07/17
Channel: Larry Legend
1987 NBA Draft - 22 - Reggie Lewis, Northeastern
1987 NBA Draft - 22 - Reggie Lewis, Northeastern
Published: 2008/08/26
Channel: Jean-Sebastien Blondel
High Expectations for JAYSON TATUM: Most highly anticipated rookie since Reggie Lewis?
High Expectations for JAYSON TATUM: Most highly anticipated rookie since Reggie Lewis?
Published: 2017/09/12
Channel: CLNS Media Network
Reggie Lewis (33 pts) New Jersey Nets 130:120 Boston Celtics 1992 NBA
Reggie Lewis (33 pts) New Jersey Nets 130:120 Boston Celtics 1992 NBA
Published: 2015/04/26
Channel: Basketball
RUBY GOAT REGGIE LEWIS DESTROYS YOUTUBER WITH PINK DIAMONDS IN NBA 2K17 MyTEAM!! (TSFTB)
RUBY GOAT REGGIE LEWIS DESTROYS YOUTUBER WITH PINK DIAMONDS IN NBA 2K17 MyTEAM!! (TSFTB)
Published: 2017/06/01
Channel: DBG
Celtics retire Reggie Lewis
Celtics retire Reggie Lewis's jersey (final Bulls vist to the Garden) part 2 by Sole Records
Published: 2011/07/08
Channel: Crveni17
In Remembrance of Reggie Lewis (92interview)by Sole Records
In Remembrance of Reggie Lewis (92interview)by Sole Records
Published: 2008/06/23
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MICHAEL JORDAN DUNK ON REGGIE LEWIS!!  4-24-88 CELTICS @ BULLS
MICHAEL JORDAN DUNK ON REGGIE LEWIS!! 4-24-88 CELTICS @ BULLS
Published: 2016/06/10
Channel: JohnnyB Chicago Sports
The tragic NBA Story of Reggie Lewis
The tragic NBA Story of Reggie Lewis
Published: 2017/09/13
Channel: NBA2KShow TV
Reggie Lewis Anniversary Tribute
Reggie Lewis Anniversary Tribute
Published: 2013/07/27
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Sport - . (intro) + Reggie Lewis
Sport - . (intro) + Reggie Lewis
Published: 2015/12/27
Channel: Federico Piccioni
SPORT-Reggie Lewis
SPORT-Reggie Lewis
Published: 2015/01/20
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Muerte de Reggie Lewis - Jugador de la NBA - DiFilm (1993)
Muerte de Reggie Lewis - Jugador de la NBA - DiFilm (1993)
Published: 2017/03/30
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Sport - Reggie Lewis
Sport - Reggie Lewis
Published: 2015/04/27
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Lecks Get It On - Reggie Lewis ft. Intl Show
Published: 2015/03/26
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RIP Drazen & Reggie Lewis 1993 - by Sole Records
RIP Drazen & Reggie Lewis 1993 - by Sole Records
Published: 2007/11/10
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Reggie Lewis Slam Dunk ● Boston Celtics 93:103 Chicago Bulls ● NBA 18/01/1993
Reggie Lewis Slam Dunk ● Boston Celtics 93:103 Chicago Bulls ● NBA 18/01/1993
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: Basketball
Reggie Lewis Center Virtual Tour
Reggie Lewis Center Virtual Tour
Published: 2015/11/24
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Reggie Lewis (21 pts) ● Boston Celtics 93:103 Chicago Bulls ● NBA 18/01/1993
Reggie Lewis (21 pts) ● Boston Celtics 93:103 Chicago Bulls ● NBA 18/01/1993
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Basketball
#12 Reggie Lewis Senior Year Highlight 2013-2014
#12 Reggie Lewis Senior Year Highlight 2013-2014
Published: 2014/07/14
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Reggie Lewis
Reggie Lewis
Published: 2010/09/19
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Reggie Lewis (22pts/8rebs) vs. Nets (1992)
Reggie Lewis (22pts/8rebs) vs. Nets (1992)
Published: 2015/11/01
Channel: LamarMatic
Stay In School: Reggie Lewis Center
Stay In School: Reggie Lewis Center
Published: 2014/03/13
Channel: bostonceltics
Reggie Lewis Elite Meet 2013 Boys Championship Mile
Reggie Lewis Elite Meet 2013 Boys Championship Mile
Published: 2013/01/31
Channel: Cory Thomas
IN MEMORIAM: Drazen Petrovic & Reggie Lewis
IN MEMORIAM: Drazen Petrovic & Reggie Lewis
Published: 2009/06/07
Channel: crohoops
NATTY NATTY + VERSION ⬥Alva
NATTY NATTY + VERSION ⬥Alva 'Reggie' Lewis & The Upsetters⬥
Published: 2016/04/09
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Nba2k17 Wingman ruby Reggie Lewis Player Review!!!
Published: 2017/01/20
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Paulo Antunes fala sobre Reggie Lewis
Paulo Antunes fala sobre Reggie Lewis
Published: 2016/07/29
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Mansfield Falcons Football Reggie Lewis Jr
Mansfield Falcons Football Reggie Lewis Jr
Published: 2015/09/05
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Reggie Lewis: One Handed Slam In Traffic Vs Cleveland
Reggie Lewis: One Handed Slam In Traffic Vs Cleveland
Published: 2014/08/15
Channel: Retro Basketball Highlights
NBA 2K17 Gameplay Review: "INSTANT OFFENSE" Ruby Reggie Lewis
NBA 2K17 Gameplay Review: "INSTANT OFFENSE" Ruby Reggie Lewis
Published: 2017/01/22
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Reggie Lewis NBA 2K16 Created Player: 91-92 Season
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Reggie Lewis
Personal information
Born (1965-11-21)November 21, 1965
Baltimore, Maryland
Died July 27, 1993(1993-07-27) (aged 27)
Waltham, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Paul Laurence Dunbar
(Baltimore, Maryland)
College Northeastern (1983–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1987–1993
Position Small forward
Number 35
Career history
19871993 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,902 (17.6 ppg)
Rebounds 1,938 (4.3 rpg)
Assists 1,153 (2.6 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Reggie Lewis (November 21, 1965 – July 27, 1993) was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics from 1987 to 1993.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Lewis attended high school at Dunbar High School, where he played basketball alongside NBA players Muggsy Bogues, David Wingate, and Reggie Williams. The 1981–82 Dunbar Poets finished the season at 29-0 during Lewis's junior season and finished 31-0 during his senior season, and were ranked first in the nation by USA Today.[1]

Lewis attended Northeastern University in Boston. Over his four years at Northeastern, Lewis scored 2,708 points, still the all-time record at the university. His Northeastern teams won the ECAC North in each of his four seasons, and played in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament every year. The 1983–84 Huskies advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling one point shy of the Sweet 16 when Rolando Lamb scored at the buzzer to lift VCU over the Huskies.

His uniform number was retired and hangs in tribute in Matthews Arena (the home of Northeastern University's men's basketball team and the Celtics' original home arena in 1946). As a Celtic, he and his family lived in Dedham, Massachusetts.[2]

Boston Celtics[edit]

Lewis was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall, by the Boston Celtics in the 1987 NBA draft. The Celtics were looking to add some youth to the team, especially for the aging "Big 3" of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish. This need became more urgent after Len Bias, the 2nd overall pick in the 1986 NBA draft, died of a cocaine overdose.

As a rookie, Lewis played sporadically, averaging only 8.3 minutes per game under coach K.C. Jones. By his second season, thanks in part to a new coach (and an injury to Celtics star Larry Bird) Lewis averaged over 30 minutes per game and scored 18.5 points per game. Lewis was selected to play in his first and only NBA All-Star Game held in Orlando, Florida, 1992. He played 15 minutes, scoring 7 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.

He averaged 20.8 points per game in each of his last two seasons with the Celtics, and finished with a career average of 17.6 points per contest.

His #35 jersey was retired by the Celtics as a memorial to him, making him one of only two Celtics to have a retired number without winning a championship. The other was Ed Macauley, who did win a championship with the St. Louis Hawks in 1958 and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Death and legacy[edit]

Lewis suffered sudden cardiac death on the basketball court at an off-season practice on July 27, 1993, at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He was 27 years old. Lewis had shown symptoms of heart problems in the preceding months (including collapsing during the opening game[3] of the Celtics' first-round playoff series with the Charlotte Hornets), and the cause of his death was subsequently attributed to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a structural heart defect that is considered the most common cause of death in young athletes.[4][5] James Crowley, a Brandeis University police officer who happened upon the gym on a routine patrol, and another Brandeis University police officer attempted to revive Lewis by using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but they were unsuccessful.[6]

Following Lewis' death, it was alleged that Lewis had used cocaine, and that drug use may have been a contributing factor in his death.[7][8][9] However, the doctor who performed the autopsy on Lewis testified that the scarring on his heart was inconsistent with cocaine use, and other doctors reached the same conclusion though they "stopped short of saying he never used drugs."[10][11] Multiple physicians have expressed skepticism regarding the listed cause of death: "adenovirus 2—a common virus that causes the common cold."[12] The Wall Street Journal reported that physicians "suspected that cocaine killed Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis...but they were thwarted by actions by his family and a 'dismissive' policy toward drugs by the NBA." The Boston Celtics responded by expressing sadness about the "vicious attack on Reggie Lewis and his family", and threatened "to file a $100 million lawsuit against the reporter, The Wall Street Journal and its parent company, Dow Jones and Co. Inc."[13]

After Lewis' death, the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center was opened in Roxbury, Boston. The center was funded partially by Lewis and routinely hosts major indoor track and field competitions, the Boston Indoor Games, home basketball games for Roxbury Community College, and Northeastern University track and field events.

On March 22, 1995, the Boston Celtics retired Lewis' jersey. Lewis had worn the number 35 for his entire career. During the ceremony, former teammate Dee Brown made a speech while two other former teammates, Sherman Douglas and Xavier McDaniel, held up Lewis' framed jersey. Lewis' contract remained on the Celtics' salary cap for two full seasons after his death because at the time the NBA did not have a provision to void contracts in the event an active player died; NBA Commissioner David Stern said that the remaining NBA teams should approve an exemption for Lewis' contract but the rest of league, many of whom had spent years or even decades losing to the Celtics on the court, said that they would do no such thing to help Boston.[14] The rules have since been changed so that a similar case would result in a deceased player's contract being paid by league insurance, with the entirety of the remaining balance immediately erased from a team's salary cap charges (similar conditions are now part of contracts for players with career-ending medical issues, as was shown when the Miami Heat and the NBA's insurance carrier reached a deal to jointly pay Chris Bosh the full balance of his contract and removed 100% of the contract from the Heat's salary cap, per http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19830424/chris-bosh-miami-heat-formally-part-ways).

Lewis is buried in an unmarked grave in Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.[15]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1987–88 Boston 49 0 8.3 .466 .000 .702 1.3 0.5 0.3 0.3 4.5
1988–89 Boston 81 57 32.8 .486 .136 .787 4.7 2.7 1.5 0.9 18.5
1989–90 Boston 79 54 31.9 .496 .267 .808 4.4 2.8 1.1 0.8 17.0
1990–91 Boston 79 79 36.4 .491 .077 .826 5.2 2.5 1.2 1.1 18.7
1991–92 Boston 82 82 37.4 .503 .238 .851 4.8 2.3 1.5 1.3 20.8
1992–93 Boston 80 80 39.3 .470 .233 .867 4.3 3.7 1.5 1.0 20.8
Career 450 352 32.6 .488 .200 .824 4.3 2.6 1.3 0.9 17.6
All-Star 1 0 15.0 .429 .500 4.0 2.0 1.0 7.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1988 Boston 12 0 5.8 .382 .000 .600 1.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 2.4
1989 Boston 3 3 41.7 .473 .000 .692 7.0 3.7 1.7 0.0 20.3
1990 Boston 5 5 40.0 .597 .000 .771 5.0 4.4 1.4 0.4 20.2
1991 Boston 11 11 42.0 .487 .000 .824 6.2 2.9 1.1 0.5 22.4
1992 Boston 10 10 40.8 .528 .333 .762 4.3 3.9 2.4 0.8 28.0
1993 Boston 1 1 13.0 .636 .000 .750 2.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 17.0
Career 42 30 30.4 .510 .133 .777 4.2 2.6 1.2 0.5 17.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dunbar High: Brick House". SLAM Online. September 21, 2007. Archived from the original on December 21, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2008. 
  2. ^ Knapp, Gwen (July 29, 1993). "The Reggie Lewis Aftermath Boston Mourns, Puzzles And Opines Over Celtics Star's Death". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ Reggie Lewis collapsed during the match with Charlotte. Event occurs at 4:06 – via YouTube. 
  4. ^ Christine Gorman (August 9, 1993). "Did Reggie Lewis Have to Die?". Time. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ Halley, Jim (May 22, 2008). "Young athletes urged to get screened for heart trouble". USA Today. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Robbins, Liz (July 23, 2009). "Officer Defends Arrest of Harvard Professor". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 21, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Report: Doctors Suspected That Cocaine Killed Celtics' Lewis". The Seattle Times. AP. March 9, 1995. Archived from the original on September 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ Alicia C. Shepard. "The Journal's Reggie Lewis Bombshell". American Journalism Review. Archived from the original on November 17, 2004. 
  9. ^ "Cocaine claim could spur insurance probe". The Boston Globe. The Baltimore Sun. February 7, 1999. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. 
  10. ^ "No signs of drug use". CNN. May 17, 1999. Archived from the original on July 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Doctors: Drugs Did Not Kill Reggie Lewis". Los Angeles Times. March 29, 1995. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ [1] Archived January 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Report: Doctors Suspected That Cocaine Killed Celtics' Lewis". The Seattle Times. AP. March 9, 1995. Archived from the original on September 26, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ "At Face Value, Board Makes Celtics Pay For Their Success". Hartford Courant. November 14, 1992. 
  15. ^ Reggie Lewis at Find a Grave

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