Review: CSNNE’s Remembering Reggie Lewis
Comcast SportsNet New England, the TV home of the Boston Celtics, will debut a documentary Sunday July 28th titled “REMEMBER REGGIE: The Reggie Lewis Story.” Boston Sports Then and Now was fortunate enough to be in attendance this week for a private pre-screening of this captivating account of his life.
Celtics fans have fond memories of Bird and crew in the ‘80s and more recent recollections of the success the franchise has had with Pierce and Garnett. There was however a gap in the franchise’s storied dominance. “Remember Reggie” chronicles the reality of that dark part in Celtics history.
The life of Reggie Lewis is articulately conveyed starting with his days under Jim Calhoun at Northeastern to his captaincy of the Boston Celtics. With the team’s torch being passed to Reggie, the future Celtics appeared to be in good hands. That is until Reggie fainted on the court in the ‘93 NBA playoffs and later had a more traumatic episode that summer which cost him his life.
“Remember Reggie” took time to highlight and remember the basketball player and community-oriented individual Reggie was in the city of Boston during his collegiate and professional career. The film grasps you and lets you know exactly who the Celtics lost.
In a true effort to tell the whole story, full disclosure in this documentary brought to the forefront questions about how doctors handled Lewis’ condition after his first episode, as well as allegations that Reggie’s death was linked to cocaine use. CSNNE did a fine job of reliving not only the playing career of Reggie, but the controversial aftermath that surrounded his untimely death.
The documentary provides fantastic context and it is a must see for all Celtics fans.
See Comcast’s press release below:
BURLINGTON, MA, July 23, 2013 – Reggie Lewis lived an exceptional life in the limelight as a basketball phenom, from his younger days in Baltimore, MD to his exemplary college career which put Northeastern University on the basketball map, to his drafting by the Boston Celtics and receiving of the captain’s torch from Larry Bird – no doubt that Reggie’s was a life of talent and promise. In July of 1993, as the young star was quickly becoming the face of the Celtics franchise, Reggie collapsed and died of heart failure during a team practice. For Boston sports fans, Reggie was a touchstone figure in the city’s sports history, but the full story of his life and untimely death on the court has never been told with great depth – until now.
On Sunday, July 28th at 8PM, ComcastSportsNet will debut a 90-minute documentary “REMEMBER REGGIE: The Reggie Lewis Story” presented by New England Ford Dealers, recounting the life of Reggie Lewis on the same weekend of the 20th anniversary of his death. The program, produced fully by Comcast SportsNet, will be narrated by Boston media personality Glenn Ordway and will feature in-depth interviews with some of the most important and iconic people in Reggie’s life – family, friends, teammates, coaches, colleagues, doctors, and more, including: HS classmate and NBA colleague Muggsy Bogues; Northeastern Coach Jim Calhoun; Celtics teammate Dee Brown; respected journalists Bob Ryan, Jackie MacMullan, Dan Shaughnessy;Reggie’s mother; his sister; and many more.
“In my office I always had a picture of all my kids — and Reggie. I’ll miss him forever, he was like a child of mine,” said former Northeastern Coach Calhoun in the documentary. “I remember Reggie hitting game winners. I remember Reggie being drafted. I remember Reggie being captain of the Celtics. I remember so much positive and great things about Reggie Lewis that nothing in this world can ever take that away from me, until the day Idie.”
“You know, people just don’t understand — life can be taken away from you just that quickly,” said former teammate Bogues in the film. “He reached the highest pinnacle that he had envisioned for himself which was the NBA. I just miss him.”
Starting the story back in Baltimore where Reggie’s basketball days began and journeying through time to that unforgettable day on July 27th, 1993, Comcast SportsNet will tell the story that has never been fully told in this exclusive documentary.
Immediately following the documentary, Comcast SportsNet will feature a special live edition of Sports Sunday which will be Reggie Lewis themed and will feature a cast of panelists talking about Reggie’s life. The panel will include Ordway and Michael Holley, among others, discussing Reggie’s history, his rise to fame, and “what could have been”.
Additionally, CSNNE.com will feature exclusiveweb-only content surrounding the 20th anniversary of Reggie’s death and will offer viewers and opportunity to provide online feedback about both Reggie and the documentary. For viewers outside of the Comcast SportsNet New England viewing area, they can watch the program on CSNNE.com as well.
Following are some of the people from Reggie’s life who are included and interviewed in the documentary:
Players and Coaches:
Jim Calhoun – Northeastern – Head Coach (1972-1986)
Dee Brown – Boston Celtics – Guard (1990-1998) Celtics Teammate 1990-1993
David Wingate – Charlotte Hornets – Forward (1992-1995) (teammate at Dunbar High)
Muggsy Bogues – Charlotte Hornets – Point Guard (1988-1997) (teammate at Dunbar High)
Kendall Gill – Charlotte Hornets – Small Forward (1990-1993)
Karl Fogel – Northeastern – Head Coach (1986-1994)
Bob Wade – Dunbar High School – Head Coach (1976-1986)
Relatives and Acquaintances:
Inez “Peggy” Ritch – Reggie’s Mother
Sheron Hughes – Reggie’s Sister
Michael Bivins – Hip-Hop / R&B Artist
Celtics Officials and Broadcasters:
Jan Volk – Boston Celtics – General Manager (1984-1997)
Jeff Twiss – Boston Celtics – VP of Media Relations (1981-present)
Dr. Arnold Scheller – Boston Celtics – Team Physician (1987-2005)
Tommy Heinsohn – Celtics Color Commentator
Bob Neumeier – Sportscaster
Mike Gorman – Celtics Broadcaster
Bob Ryan – Sports Columnist
Jackie MacMullan – Sports Columnist
Dan Shaughnessy – Boston Globe – Sports Columnist
Ron Suskind – Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist (Wall Street Journal)
Andrew Brandt – ProServ Sports Representative (1986-1992)
Sgt. James Crowley – Former Brandeis University Police Officer