Why do I love sports? Because Willis Reed put it all on the line

Why do I love sports? Because Willis Reed put it all on the line

Good morning! Today is Monday, June 22 and I'm Tim Gardner, back to help you get ready for the day. This morning, we're reading about an incident of racism at the NASCAR track after a noose was found in the garage of Bubba Wallace, the Cup Series' only Black driver. Scroll down to see the day's biggest sports headlines, but first:

We asked why you fell in love with sports. These are those stories.

Today's memory is from reader Jim Galloway of Sayreville:

Willis Reed in the 1970 final against Los Angeles. I was 14 years old and he gave what he gave for the team with no thought about himself. His actual performance didn’t matter as much as the devotion to not giving in or giving up. So much more than inspiration and it lives so large in my memory.

Read more awesome fan memories of how we all first fell in love with sports.

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