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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 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 Final Garden Party
Perhaps trying to summon good vibes for the contemporary Celtics, the 1963 NBA World Championship team graced the cover of the 1995 playoff media guide. Though the modern-day Celtics tried channeling the likes of Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and John Havlicek, they fell to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference First Round, 3-1. Boston […]
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A Handshake Agreement
By all accounts, Celtics owner and founder Walter Brown had a strong relationship with his players. John Havlicek recalled that Brown “didn’t go around waving a diamond ring in people’s faces, or anything like that. He had a reputation as an individual who never went back on his word. He liked to do business with […]
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A Nod to Cousy’s Contributions
Following superstar Bob Cousy’s departure, second-year man John Havlicek and veteran Tommy Heinsohn stepped up to guide the Celtics to their sixth straight NBA World Championship title in 1964. That season’s yearbook noted the first two jersey retirements in Celtics history, including Cousy (No. 14) and 1950s hero Ed Macauley (No. 22). The team also […]
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A Permanent Record
Following Red Auerbach’s retirement as Celtics coach in 1966, the team put out a record narrated by radio play-by-play man Johnny Most with calls from each of Auerbach’s nine playoff runs with Boston Garden as the home court. The record’s highlight was Most’s famous “Havlicek stole the ball!” call from the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals […]
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A Philly Farewell
On March 10, 1978, John Havlicek played his last professional NBA game in Philadelphia. While Havlicek scored 19 points, the Celtics fell to the 76ers, 120-109. In a sign of how Havlicek had an impact outside the sport of basketball, prior to the game the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers gifted this hockey stick to Havlicek. The […]
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A Real Hall-of-Fame Jacket
When Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Famers are inducted at Springfield, they receive an orange jacket to symbolize their achievement. For Celtics fans, this off-the-rack jacket with its original tags might be more valuable. Ten members of the Hall of Fame signed the jacket along with seven more Celtics favorites from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
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A Scoring Machine
In a game against the Detroit Pistons, John Havlicek levitated over future Celtics player and head coach Chris Ford as he took aim at the basket. Havlicek’s best scoring years came during the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons when he averaged 28.9 and 27.5 points per game, respectively. This productivity helped boost Havlicek to his 26,395 […]
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A Signed Pair of Prides
During the 1980s, New Balance created a shoe line called Pride. James Worthy of Los Angeles Lakers fame endorsed the shoes, as did M.L. Carr of the Celtics. Carr, who won two NBA World Championship titles with Boston in 1981 and 1984, was featured in one ad with the tagline, “Nothing comes between me and […]
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