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An Un-Celtics-Like Season
As the Celtics and the NBA celebrated their 50th anniversary season in 1996-97, Boston didn’t have much to celebrate with an injured team. Top scorers Dino Radja, Dana Barros and Dee Brown all played in 25 or fewer games, leaving young players like David Wesley, Eric Williams and rookie Antoine Walker to pick up the […]
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Enter the FleetCenter
The Celtics still played games at an arena on Causeway Street on top of North Station, but it wasn’t Boston Garden. The new FleetCenter (later TD Garden) hosted its first Celtics game on October 25, 1995, a preseason loss against the Houston Rockets. Boston got its first regular season win in the new arena on […]
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Honoring the Garden Tradition
Imagine what the final season of the Boston Garden could have been with Len Bias and Reggie Lewis. Bias would have been just 31 early in the 1994-95 season and Lewis just 28. The loss of these young stars resonated deeply in the mid-1990s as the superstars of the past retired – first Dennis Johnson, […]
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Just Like Starting Over
After Reggie Lewis’ shocking passing and Kevin McHale’s retirement, a new crop of Celtics players took on leadership positions during the 1993-94 season. Kevin Gamble, Sherman Douglas, Rick Fox and Dino Radja, who made the All-Rookie Second Team, stepped into starring roles. Thankfully, familiar faces helped guide the young stars as Larry Bird joined the […]
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Pitino Ball
Faced with four consecutive losing seasons, the Celtics turned to University of Kentucky coach and former New York Knicks boss Rick Pitino to revitalize the franchise in 1997. Pitino held two high draft picks and selected Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer. Within weeks of taking over, Pitino released or waived eight players, including Dino Radja […]
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Radja Joins Exclusive Company
International basketball star Dino Radja, who flirted with the idea of playing in the NBA for years, finally came to the United States for the 1993-94 season as a member of the Celtics. While the team was subpar, Radja wasn’t. He averaged 15.1 points per game – second best on the team – and made […]
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Welcome to FleetCenter
The Celtics christened their new home on November 3, 1995, with a heartbreaking 101-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The FleetCenter was originally named Shawmut Center after the Boston-based bank bought the rights, outbidding the regional Fleet National Bank. Things took a turn in the spring of 1995 when Fleet merged with Shawmut, giving the […]