Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.
I can't be certain that I watched basketball on my 12th birthday, but I probably did. There were two great Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 7s.
In Cleveland, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 122-104 in what turned out to be Larry Bird's final NBA game. Bird played 33 minutes and scored 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting. All five Cavaliers starters scored in double figures, led by Brad Daugherty's 28 points. He also had 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Hell, Larry Nance (15 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists) almost had a triple-double too.
Meanwhile, in the other series, Michael Jordan did his MJ thing, putting up 42 points to lead the Bulls to a 110-81 victory over the Knicks. I may be a LeBron/Cavs guy now, but 12-year-old me was totally an MJ fan, so I was probably pretty happy with the day's results, and the eventual playoff results which saw the Bulls beat the Blazers in the NBA Finals.
The Mets fan in me couldn't have been happy, though. New York lost 6-3 to the Dodgers (seriously, the Mets played the Dodgers a LOT on my birthday back in the day), with Anthony Young losing his third consecutive decision, after starting the season 2-0. Who knew then that he'd end up losing 27 straight, and not winning again until July 28, 1993?