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18th anniversary of Reggie Lewis’ death 07.27.11 at 12:00 pm ET
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(More video: Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4; h/t @MrTripleDouble10)

R.I.P. Reggie Lewis (Nov. 21, 1965 — July 27, 1993)

  • Nov. 21, 1965: Born in Baltimore, Md.
  • 1981-82: Led Dunbar High to consecutive undefeated seasons (60-0)
  • 1983-87: Set Northeastern University scoring record (2,708 points)
  • Nov. 6, 1987: Totaled four points in his Celtics debut
  • June 22, 1987: Selected by Celtics in first round of NBA draft (22nd overall)
  • Dec. 6, 1988: Scored 33 points in first game as a starter in a Celtics uniform
  • March 31, 1991: Became only player to block Michael Jordan four times
  • April 12, 1991: Netted a career-high 42 points against the Heat
  • Feb. 9, 1992: Played in his only NBA All-Star Game
  • March 24, 1993: Left game with dizziness but returned to score 22 points
  • April 29, 1993: Collapsed on the Garden’s parquet floor during a playoff game
  • May 2, 1993: Diagnosed with life-threatening cardiomyopathy by 12 renowned cardiologists
  • May 10, 1993: Cleared to return to the NBA by Dr. Gilbert Mudge
  • July 27, 1993: Died at Brandeis University from cardiac arrest at 27 years old

On Wednesday, SLAM interviewed Muggsy Bogues, who played with Lewis as well as fellow NBA talents David Wingate and Reggie Williams at Dunbar High in Baltimore, Md. (strange coincidence: Bogues and Wingate were playing for the Hornets when Lewis collapsed during that 1993 playoff game). Here’s what Bogues told SLAM:

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