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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 […]
A Chaotic Year
Before the 1978-79 season, Celtics owner Irv Levin traded his ownership stake with John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian of the Buffalo Braves so that Levin could move the Braves to California, becoming the San Diego Clippers. Brown regularly made player moves and orchestrated a six-player trade with the Clippers without consulting Red Auerbach. The […]
A Step Forward in 1970
Young stars began to show up big for the “new” Boston Celtics as the team posted a winning record in 1970-71, though Boston finished just out of the playoffs. Led by rookie Dave Cowens and second-year man Jo Jo White, the Celtics increased their win total from the previous season by 10 games. “The Green […]
Auerbach the Entertainer
When his coaching days ended in 1966, Red Auerbach transitioned into a new role as Celtics General Manager. Joking here with Celtics players including Dave Cowens and John Havlicek, Auerbach told one reporter when he was the GM, “We like our players to play for fun and to be happy rather than afraid.”
Back to the Mountain Top in 1974
NBA All-Stars John Havlicek, Dave Cowens and Jo Jo White led the Celtics to their 12th NBA World Championship title in 1974 with a fascinating seven-game series win over Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson and the Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics found a new way to make history by becoming the first team to win three road […]
Bird Takes Flight in ’81
A new championship era in Boston began in the 1980-81 season with the additions of Robert Parish and Kevin McHale to a young team that already featured Larry Bird, Gerald Henderson and Cedric Maxwell. The roster combinations worked out for Coach Bill Fitch as the Celtics captured their 14th NBA World Championship title. Bird had […]
Boston Bounces Back
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks added a chapter to their inter-city rivalry in the early 1970s. The 1973 Eastern Conference Finals went all the way to Game 7, where Boston lost to New York at home, 94-78, and the Knicks went on to win the NBA World Championship title. The Celtics got revenge […]
Celtics of the Seventies
The Celtics faced a transitional period during the 1970s, but they didn’t suffer from lack of success. As Boston’s first dynasty came to an end with Bill Russell’s retirement in 1969, newcomers Dave Cowens and Jo Jo White along with veteran leaders like John Havlicek, Don Nelson and Head Coach Tommy Heinsohn worked to get […]
Cowens Stands Alone
The Celtics and Dave Cowens hoped to return to championship form during the 1977-78 season, but injuries took their toll as Jo Jo White and Charlie Scott missed significant time. The C’s ended up winning just 32 games. But there were upsides in that campaign: former Celtics star and Washington Bullets Head Coach K.C. Jones […]
Cowens: Asleep on the Job
Dave Cowens celebrated Boston’s 1974 NBA World Championship title in a slightly unusual manner: by sleeping on a bench in Boston Common. He later said, “It was either very late or very early, depending on how you looked at it, and I was dead tired from all the excitement. I didn’t want to take a […]