Forgotten Finals: 20th anniversary of O.J. chase, Rockets/Knicks
June 17, 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase, which captivated a nation, and the Rockets/Knicks NBA Finals ... which didn't.
The San Antonio Spurs' rout of the Miami Heat in Game 5 ended the 2014 NBA Finals on Sunday night, just two days before the anniversary of another Game 5 that will live in infamy ... and semi-obscurity.
It was June 17, 1994 that the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks faced off in Game 5 of their series, an event chronicled in NBA Insider Ken Berger's long-form piece -- The Forgotten Finals.
If you missed the piece amid the daily drama of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, please do check it out. The full version of CBSSports.com's original documentary chronicling the series and surrounding events (teaser above), including the slow-speed chase that captivated the nation, is available at the same link.
Accompanying material you'll want to check out around The Forgotten Finals project:
- NBA writer Matt Moore's interactive timeline of the O.J. Simpson chase, and how the day's events coincided with the NBA Finals.
- Video: Zach Harper breaks down the respective games of Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing via highlights.
- Tale of the tape: the careers of Olajuwon and Ewing are put under the statistical microscope ... who comes out on top?
- The rivalry begins -- Olajuwon and Ewing first shared the spotlight in 1984, when Hakeem's Houston Cougars met Ewing's Georgetown Hoyas in the 1984 NCAA Championship.
- Rockets/Knicks '94: Where are they now? -- a contemporary look at the 21 players who logged minutes in the epic 1994 NBA Finals.
- Forgotten champions from sports history: A look back at past champions from other sports, who saw their accomplishments ignored.
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