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NBA FINALS: LAKERS VS. CELTICS

Then And Now...

A look how times have changed -- in and out of sports -- since the Lakers and Celtics last met in the NBA Finals

June 05, 2008|Lucas Shaw for The Times

Titles since 1987

Lakers: 4

Celtics: 0

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NBA Finals appearances

Lakers: 8

Celtics: 1

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Records and win pct. since 1987

Lakers: 1,069-621 .633

Celtics: 844-846 .499

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Winning seasons

Lakers: 18

Celtics: 10

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Losing seasons

Lakers: 3

Celtics: 11

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Playoff appearances

Lakers: 19

Celtics: 12

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No. 1 Billboard single June 14

1987: "Livin' on a Prayer," Bon Jovi

2008: "Lollipop," Lil Wayne

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Top-grossing movie

1987: "Three Men and a Baby"

2008 (to date): "Iron Man"

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No. 1 movie when NBA Finals began

1987: "Beverly Hills Cop II"

2008: "Sex and the City"

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Baseball

Red Sox titles 1919-1987: 0

Dodgers titles 1919-1987: 5

Red Sox titles 1987-now: 2

Dodgers titles 1987-now: 1

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NFL

Super Bowl champion 1987: N.Y. Giants

Super Bowl champion 2008: N.Y. Giants

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Home courts

Celtics' arena in 1987: Boston Garden

Lakers' arena in 1987: Great Western Forum

Celtics' arena in 2008: TD Banknorth Garden

Lakers' arena in 2008: Staples Center

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Average NBA salary

1987: $431,000

2008: $5.2 million

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Median household income

1987: $26,061

2008: $48,201

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U.S. population

1987: 242,288,918

2008: 304,249,871

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Barack Obama in 1987:

A year away from entering Harvard Law School

Barack Obama in 2008:

Clinches the Democratic nomination for president

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Coaches

Lakers: Pat Riley, Mike Dunleavy, Randy Pfund, Bill Bertka (interim), Magic Johnson (interim), Del Harris, Kurt Rambis (interim), Phil Jackson, Rudy Tomjanovich, Frank Hamblen (interim) and Phil Jackson

Celtics: K.C. Jones, Jimmy Rodgers, Chris Ford, M.L. Carr, Rick Pitino, Jim O'Brien, John Carroll (interim) and Doc Rivers

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Organization

Lakers still involved in the organization: Kurt Rambis (assistant coach), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (volunteer coach), Mitch Kupchak (general manager), Magic Johnson (part owner) and Mychal Thompson (broadcaster)

Celtics still involved: Danny Ainge (general manager) and Robert Parish (consultant)

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Not forgotten

Celtics no longer with us: Red Auerbach, Dennis Johnson, Johnny Most

Lakers: Chick Hearn

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Price of gallon of gas in 1987: $0.95

Price of gallon of gas in 2008: $3.98

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