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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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Can’t Keep Larry Down
Larry Bird had been out of the lineup for weeks when Boston met the Indiana Pacers in the 1992 Eastern Conference First Round. Thankfully, the Celtics didn’t require any heroics from the Indiana native and swept the Pacers in three games. The next matchup in the semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers proved more challenging. Although […]
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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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Introducing a New Captain
Without Larry Bird, the Celtics were clearly Reggie Lewis’ team. It made sense when Lewis was elected team captain during training camp in 1992. “I think it’s great that the coaches and players have that kind of confidence in me and give me that kind of leadership on the team,” Lewis said. To help buttress […]
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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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The Big Three’s Last Run
Over a dozen seasons, the original Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish helped deliver three NBA World Championship titles, two more trips to the NBA Finals and nine Atlantic Division titles. All good things must come to an end, and the 1991-92 season would be the final run for the trio. […]