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1986: The Best Team Ever
Many respected sportswriters believe the 1985-86 Boston Celtics were the best team in NBA history. Others will argue that point, but a few things are undisputed. Five future Hall-of-Famers suited up for the team, including Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish and Bill Walton – plus Head Coach K.C. Jones, whose team lost […]
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A Basketball Out of the Spotlight
Everyone knows Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and John Havlicek, but the players that signed this basketball were all major contributors to championship teams – and some were even inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Though their time in Boston may have been overshadowed by more well-known players, NBA World Championship […]
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A Hall-of-Fame Shot by Bird
Take a look at this shot! Larry Bird hit a jumper in Boston’s Game 5 win in the 1987 NBA Finals to keep the team’s championship hopes alive. One reason the Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers rivalry thrilled audiences was the lineup of great players on both sides. Celtics legends Bird, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson and […]
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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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A Record of a Title
The Celtics dominated the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals, winning the franchise’s 16th NBA World Championship title. Boston impressed with a 114-97 victory in front of a full house at Boston Garden, the 270th consecutive sellout at home. A scorer’s report documented the production of the C’s starting five, who […]
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A Tribute to Dennis Johnson
Celtics players wore commemorative shirts during Hall-of-Fame guard Dennis Johnson’s number retirement ceremony. At 6-foot-4, “DJ” used strength and smarts to become a great passer and staunch defender, earning five All-Star selections and nine straight seasons on the NBA’s All-Defensive teams. He was the glue that held the 1980s Celtics together, with Larry Bird calling […]
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Bird Says “Throw In the Towel”
In Game 7 of the 1984 NBA Finals, the Celtics sported a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter and fans at Boston Garden, as well as their star forward, began to celebrate a 15th NBA World Championship title. The Los Angeles Lakers would make it close, but it was Larry Bird and Dennis Johnson […]
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Bird’s Back in ’89
With their window closing, the Celtics hoped for another championship run when Larry Bird returned from injury in 1989. Bird didn’t disappoint as he placed top 20 in the league for points, rebounds and assists per game, while also earning nods to the All-Star team and All-NBA Second Team. Third-year pro Reggie Lewis continued to […]
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Boston Garden to the Rose Garden
President Ronald Reagan addressed a White House gathering to honor the 1984 NBA World Champion Celtics, who were joined by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Despite the formal atmosphere, the Celtics and President Reagan seemed to have fun. After describing Boston’s run of success under Red Auerbach, Reagan joked, “Aren’t you afraid you might be getting […]
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Changes Needed, Changes Made
Two consecutive early playoff exits provided motivation for Red Auerbach to make big changes ahead of the 1983-84 campaign. When Head Coach Bill Fitch moved on to the Houston Rockets, former Celtics player and eight-time NBA World Champion K.C. Jones was promoted from assistant to the top job. Sensing a need to upgrade the point […]