This tape features footage from the NBA Legends basketball game during the 1986 All Star Weekend. Shot for the TV special "Once A Star."
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00:48Copy video clip URL NBA Operations Coordinator Matt Winick at an event for the NBA Legends game. He talks about the game, explaining that it is in its third year. While talking about some of the players, he points out that there are three legends that are younger than Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who was playing in the All Star Game.
02:41Copy video clip URL Cut to footage from a banquet hall where the Legends players, including Cazzie Russell (1944-) and Connie Hawkins (1942-), are gathered. Players shake hands and converse with one another, reminiscing about their time spent in the NBA.
08:36Copy video clip URL Producer Tom Weinberg interviews Nate Thurmond (1941-) who begins by saying, “I think there is a life after basketball and hopefully you have prepared yourself during your career to accept this life.” Cazzie Russell also describes his transition from player to coach: “My approach to possibly getting into coaching was through playing, so I played one more year after that and then I’ve been into coaching the last five years.” Russell continues, “It’s been in my blood for a long time and it’s good to stay affiliated with the game.”
11:26Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of two former NBA players as they are interviewed by the press.
11:47Copy video clip URL An interview with L.A. Lakers Legend Jerry West (1938-). Weinberg asks West about his opinions on some of his former teammates, and then West talks about life after the NBA. “We’re starting to see more players of today filter back into the game… And I think sometimes those people can contribute a lot more than many people on the outside can.” West then ducks out of the interview. A quick shot of Patrick Ewing and the surrounding area.
15:05Copy video clip URL Cut to outside of the Dallas Arena where the All Star Game is held. The Legends’ players practice on the basketball court for the remainder of the tape.
19:31Copy video clip URL Tape ends.