The Boston Celtics won the NBA championship in 1986, the same year Tom Cruise starred in Top Gun. Could history repeat itself in 2022?
Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics first faced off against the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals in 1981 where Bird led them to their first title since the Havlicek and Cowens era. After missing out on the Finals two years in a row to the Philadelphia 76ers, they made it back in ‘84 and won, once again.
Those ‘84 Finals would be the second of three chips for the Celts during their ‘Larry Legend’ era. They make the Finals the following year and face Magic Johnson and the Lakers once again, losing this time around.
Things came back full circle when the Rockets made the NBA Finals in 1986 and the Celtics had to face off against them, led by a young Hakeem Olajuwon. The series was competitive but it was Bird who hoisted the Larry O’Brien for the final time in his career.
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Completely unrelated to the triumphs of Bird and his Boston squad, Tom Cruise leapt onto the silver screen with a hit in Top Gun that same year.
Will the Celtics win the 2022 NBA championship because of the new Top Gun?
The answer for the aforementioned question is a definitive no. That ‘no’ isn’t to say that the Celtics won’t will a title, rather, it’s to say that they most definitely will not win because Tom Cruise decided to reignite a franchise that hasn’t had a follow-up movie in nearly 4 decades.
However, it is interesting to see that the Celtics won the NBA Finals when Top Gun first came out in 1986 and now, they’re one win away from being in the Finals for the first time since 2010. Coincidentally, Top Gun: Maverick is coming out this year as well.
Top Gun was released in 1986. The year the Celtics won banner 16..
Top Gun: Maverick released in 2022… the Celtics…?
— Nader Soufan (@nadersoufan7) May 26, 2022
A slightly bigger coincidence is that the Mavericks lost in the Western Conference Finals in 1986 and well, Tom Cruise’s code name in Top Gun is named ‘Maverick’. Fast-forward to today and the Mavs just lost in the WCF yet again and with this new release having just come out.
Interesting, I suppose.