Goat: Jack Kent Cooke
Game: Game 7, 1969 NBA Finals
The Celtics were supposed to be done. On their last legs, up against the Lakers' trio of Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, and Elgin Baylor, who had home court advantage for the first time. There was supposed to be a party! No, really. There was a program in every seat of the Forum before Game 7. "When, not if, the Lakers win the title, balloons will be released from the raftors, the USC marching band will play 'Happy Days Are Here Again' and broadcaster Chick Hearn will interview Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain in that order." Bill Russell told Jerry West what was on the Celtics program. "Those fucking balloons are staying up there." As usual, Russell got his way.