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Pierce’s Rookie Campaign
Due to a lockout, Celtics fans waited until February for the 1998-99 season to start. While the team had a rough campaign, as demonstrated by a 19-31 record, there were some silver linings. Rookie Paul Pierce joined a young core with Ron Mercer, Antoine Walker and Vitaly Potapenko along with veteran point guard Kenny Anderson. […]
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 […]
The EC Finals Await
Perhaps inspired by the banners covering the 2001-02 postseason media guide, the Celtics were ready to rumble in the 2002 NBA Playoffs. After a 49-win season, Boston won a postseason series for the first time in 10 years by defeating the league’s leading scorer Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference First […]
Y2K Celtics
The Celtics hoped to turn the page on a rough end to the 1990s with high hopes in the new century behind young stars Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce. While looking forward, the 1999-2000 team yearbook also looked back by listing team records, Hall-of-Famers and an essay on team patriarch Red Auerbach in honor of […]