and George H. W. Bush
weren't arch rivals like the Celtics and Lakers, but they did dominate Washington throughout the 1980s.
Reagan, left, seen here in 1984, handed the presidential mantle over to Bush a year and a half after the last Celtics-Lakers battle in '87.
The more things change, the more they stay the same: Twenty-one years later, another Bush is president and the Lakers and Celtics are playing for the title again.
(Barry Thumma/AP Photo)