Rob Miech · Nov. 21, 2008 · 12:00 AM
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar caught Chamberlain on April 5, 1984, barely six months after the Thomas & Mack Center had opened. Improbably, the Los Angeles Lakers and Abdul-Jabbar were playing against Utah in a Las Vegas “home” game for the Jazz. A crowd of 18,389 – mostly Lakers fans – gathered to witness history.
A look at The Thomas and Mack Center and some of the events it has hosted in its 25-year history.
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Jerry Tarkanian · Oct. 31, 2008 · 5:50 PM
That is one heck of an arena. I don’t remember the exhibition game against the University of Victoria, the first game in the building. Or the season opener, a 92-71 victory over Reno. But I do remember the third game in the Mack, an 86-72 win over West Virginia. My good friend Gale Catlett coached that team and they were pretty tough.
Jerry Tarkanian · Nov. 3, 2008 · 11:10 PM
The funny thing is that I never cared about an arena. I was happy at Riverside City College when we played inside Riverside Poly High’s gym. I was happy with that. I’m not into how nice a facility is to play in. I’d rather have good players than a nice gym.
Ron Kantowski · Oct. 29, 2008 · 2:00 AM
Obviously, if you live here, you have probably seen a basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center. And if you've seen a basketball game there, you know what makes it special
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