I spent a couple of Summers in New England and got to go to a basketball clinic where Sam Jones was the guest of honor. And even a kid from Baltimore knew who Sam Jones and the Celtics were – because it seemed like they won the NBA in the ’60s pretty much every year.

Boston Globe’s reprinting of a Leigh Montville story from 1969 brought back many fond memories … This excerpt from “Tall Men, Short Shorts,’’ by former Globe sportswriter Leigh Montville, is reprinted by permission of the publisher. The book, available online now and in book stores, details Montville’s experiences covering the 1969 NBA Finals between the Celtics and the Lakers.  

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