It was on this day 28 years ago that rising Boston Celtics star small forward Reggie Lewis would collapse on a basketball court at Brandeis during some offseason practice play, and pass away after repeated attempts to revive the Northeastern product failed.
Seen by many fans as the heir apparent to Larry Bird and the bridge to a post-original “big three” era of Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale, the Celtics instead found themselves reeling from the loss of a franchise cornerstone player for the second time in less than a decade. In honor of Lewis’ life and contributions to the team, the franchise chose to retire his No. 35 jersey to the rafters in 1995.
To honor his passing, watch the ceremony in its entirety held in the old Boston Garden to a packed house with Celtics alumni who were teammates, legends, or both in attendance.
Rest in Peace, Reggie.