Last night, amid all the March Madness hoopla (see what I did there?), the latest installment of ESPN's "30 for 30" series of documentaries debuted. Titled "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks" and directed by Dan Klores, the show chronicles the intense rivalry between the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks during the 1990's, which I consider to be the best decade, mainly because that's when I got into basketball. It's a great tribute to one of the best rivalries in NBA history and a welcome look back at how the league once was. At times, I found myself actually laughing at Miller's theatrics and what all the Knicks and Pacers players thought of one another at the time. It also serves as a sad reminder that there are not really big rivalries like that in the league today. Sure, the Celtics and Cavaliers play one another tough and the Magic and Lakers are starting to really dislike each other, but it's just not the same.
If you were unfortunate enough to miss it, "Winning Time" will be re-airing several times between now and May. For complete information, head over to the "30 for 30" home page, where you'll find schedules and clips from all the shows. Also, here is the opening sequence of the film.