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    A Hall of Fame gamer from an NBA Championship clincher!

    1973 Bill Bradley NBA Finals Game Five Worn New York Knicks Jersey, MEARS A10. It was the third NBA Finals meeting in four seasons for the storied franchises of the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, each having claimed victory in one of the two previous encounters. The battle would bring no fewer than eleven future Hall of Famers together onto the sport's most brightly lit stage, many in the closing seasons of their careers and angling for one last sip of champagne from the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Reporters cleverly dubbed the series "The Battle of the Aged."

    After a Game One stumble, the Knicks took full command of the Finals, reeling off four straight victories to claim what would prove to be the last franchise Championship to date. The thrilling series saw only the fifth and final game decided by a margin larger than five points, with the legendary Wilt Chamberlain scoring on a meaningless last second dunk to close out the 102-93 result and his own brilliant career.

    Leading the Knicks' offensive charge was Bill Bradley, whose 18.6 points per game outpaced Frazier, Reed, Monroe and DeBusschere in that order. Bradley would score twenty in the clinching fifth game wearing the jersey presented here, one of the greatest relics ever to emerge from the long and illustrious history of New York Knicks basketball.

    The jersey's transition from Bradley's wardrobe to collectible began in the champagne-soaked visiting locker room at the Los Angeles Forum, where the future US Senator gifted it to C. Charles Jowaiszas, then serving as Executive Vice President of Madison Square Garden. The tale is confirmed in email exchanges between Jowaiszas' son Tom and the buyer of the garment in a 2002 eBay transaction. The experts at MEARS support the story in the midst of their perfect A10 assessment, reporting, "Comparison to available images compare quite favorably to the shirt and the provenance is both reasonable and verifiable."

    The design is as classic as classic can be, a blue durene shell adorned with orange and white trim and tackle twill identifiers reporting "New York 24" on the chest and "Bradley 24" on reverse. Interior collar is tagged "Gerry Cosby" with local New York distributor "Felco" adding the "46 Long" size designation. MEARS characterizes game wear as "Heavy," as would be expected for a season punctuated by Bradley's career highs for both minutes played and points scored in the regular season, and a full and glorious playoff schedule beyond. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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