The history between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Lakers is some of the richest in the NBA’s history.
Since 1980, they’ve met in the NBA Finals four times. Earvin Johnson really became “Magic” when he took the court as a starting center. Julius Erving and Moses Malone validated Hall of Fame careers against the Lakers, Allen Iverson stepped over and Shaquille O’Neal dominated.
And Sunday night, the two teams met at Staples Center in a game that couldn’t have had less to do with that past.
Magic, A.I., Dr. J? The most important person in the Lakers’ and 76ers’ future might not have even been drafted yet.
With the Lakers out of contention for the postseason, Sunday’s...