On Saturday night, ABC will premiere the first episode of their five-part docuseries, O.J.: Made in America. All indications are that we’re going to learn a lot about O.J. Simpson from the 7.5-hour series, which is getting rave reviews right now. And during Game 4 of the NBA Finals, we got a sneak preview of what might be to come when Jeff Van Gundy randomly told a pretty amazing O.J. story.
According to Van Gundy, O.J.’s infamous low-speed police chase, which took place during Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Finals between the Knicks and Rockets, was so slow because O.J. wanted to hear the end of the game. Van Gundy, who was an assistant coach for the Knicks that year, says then-Knicks head coach Pat Riley ran into Al Cowlings at a car wash during the summer of 1994, and Cowlings, who drove O.J.’s Ford Bronco during the police chase, told him why he didn’t drive faster.
Here’s the story:
Al Cowlings knew Pat Riley personally. He waved him over and proceeded to tell him the story of, why they were driving so slow was O.J. wanted to hear the end of the game on the radio before he pulled in. And when Coach Riley told us that story, I was, like, mesmerized by what really goes on. I could just see him having the gun to his head saying, ‘Turn up the radio, A.C.’
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