Riley's reign has shades of Red

Updated: July 13, 2010, 4:35 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

There was no way to know that the three men captured in this brief clip from the early 1970s would go on to have so much influence on the NBA in the '80s, '90s, 2000s and now this decade.

The footage is from the moment Game 5 of the 1972 NBA Finals ended and the Lakers beat the New York Knicks to win the series. Pat Riley, a Lakers reserve, is so excited he nearly wrestles teammate Jerry West into a headlock as they run to the locker room. A few seconds later Phil Jackson ...

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