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50 Years of the NBA
The NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 1996-97. As part of the festivities, the Association announced its list of the “50 Greatest Players” which included 13 Celtics, featuring franchise stalwarts Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, Sam Jones, Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Dave Cowens, Tiny Archibald, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. That season’s team […]
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A Haul of Hall-of-Famers
Talk about a Hall-of-Fame hat! More than a dozen Celtics legends, including Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and Red Auerbach, put their signatures on a classic Celtics cap. With so many Hall-of-Famers, All-Stars and basketball icons in franchise history, we’re surprised it had enough room for all that star power.
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Best of the Early Years
Boston posted 46 wins in the 1952-53 season, the most by a Celtics team in the franchise’s first seven seasons. All-Stars Bob Cousy, Ed Macauley and Bill Sharman emerged as leaders, helping the team advance to the playoffs. The Celtics dispatched the Syracuse Nationals in the Eastern Division Semifinals in a two-game sweep behind Cousy’s […]
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Bill Russell’s Reach
Bill Russell stretched every limb to get his hand up to block a shot by the Syracuse Nationals, while teammates Tommy Heinsohn (No. 15) and Bill Sharman (No. 21) fought for position. From 1957 to 1961, the Celtics and Nationals met three separate times in the Eastern Division Finals, with the Celtics winning all three […]
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Bringing Celtics Style to Los Angeles
In 1971, former Celtics great and new Los Angeles Lakers Coach Bill Sharman needed to elevate the team: the Lakers had lost seven NBA Finals in 10 years, including six to the Celtics. One of Sharman’s first hires was his former teammate K.C. Jones as an assistant coach. Jones brought Boston’s fast break system to […]
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Celtics Hall-of-Famers on a Basketball
Some of the greatest names in Celtics history signed this basketball, including Hall-of-Famers Larry Bird, Frank Ramsey, Jo Jo White and Sam Jones. Dozens of Celtics players, coaches and executives have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Cooz Leads the C’s in ’59
The 1958-59 Celtics posed ahead of another NBA World Championship title-winning season. The team swept the Elgin Baylor-led Minneapolis Lakers in the 1959 NBA Finals behind star player Bob Cousy’s 16.8 points and 12.8 assists per game in the series. He set a record at the time for most assists in the NBA Finals, recording […]
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Cousy on the First NBA Yearbook
With this publication, the Celtics became the first NBA club to issue a team yearbook for sale ahead of the 1955-56 season. For a mere 25 cents, fans could read about All-NBA First Team member Bob Cousy and fellow All-NBA First Team star Bill Sharman as they led the Celtics to a playoff berth. Of […]
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Hall-of-Fame Playoff Battle
Led by All-NBA stars Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman, the Celtics scored an average of 101.5 points per game during the 1954-55 season, the best in the league. On the other hand, they also gave up a league-worst 101.5 points per game, which led to a predictable 36-36 record. In the 1955 Eastern Division Semifinals, […]
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Heads Above the Rest
Instead of a team photo, the Celtics opted for floating heads on the team’s 1957-58 yearbook cover. Inside, the yearbook was becoming less a media guide and more a fan publication with fun facts and sketches of the Celtics players and front office. The publication featured a minute-by-minute breakdown of the thrilling double-overtime win over […]