In Boston, we have a deep-rooted passion for sports. One game ends, and it’s on to the next matchup. But one game that never ends is the game of ‘what if?’
One of the games of ‘what if’ we play is, ‘What if Reggie Lewis played a full career?’
At the time of his untimely death at the age of 27 in 1993, Lewis was just coming into his own. He had averaged 19.2 points per game going back to the start of the 1988-1989 season, his second in the NBA – 20.8 in his last two campaigns. He was coming off a 1992 postseason in which he averaged 28 points a night in ten playoff games. And of course, he is the only player to block the great Michael Jordan four times in one game.
So who was Reggie Lewis? And what could he have been?
Jim Calhoun, etched in college basketball immortality for building a college basketball kingdom in rural Storrs, Connecticut, coached Lewis at Northeastern University, and said in the film Remember Reggie that Lewis would be a Hall of Famer had he played a full career.
Tommy Heinsohn compares Lewis to basketball legend Jerry West, saying he was a ‘basketball freak’.
“He could stay with guys like Jordan, then he could overpower them on the other end of the floor,” said Heinsohn. “So if you were going to matchup against Reggie Lewis, you were going to have a tough time.”