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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 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 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 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 Winning Symbol
Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey and Tommy Heinsohn (left to right) celebrated after a game in 1959. The trio played together on Boston’s NBA World Championship title teams from 1959 to 1964. During the 1959-60 season, the team went on a then franchise-record 17-game winning streak, eventually snapped by the Cincinnati Royals on January 1, 1960.
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Back to the Finals in ’63
The Celtics celebrated with Coach Red Auerbach after defeating the Cincinnati Royals, 142-131, in Game 7 of the 1963 Eastern Division Finals. Bob Cousy, who would retire at the end of the season, tallied 16 assists, but it was Sam Jones who stole the show. Journalist Leonard Koppett wrote that Jones was “hitting jump shots […]
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Boston’s First Dynasty
From 1957 to 1969, the Celtics did something no other NBA franchise has ever done. Apart from two seasons, Boston won NBA World Championship titles every single year in that span. That’s 11 titles in 13 seasons, including eight straight! Led by the likes of Bill Russell, Sam Jones, John Havlicek, Satch Sanders, Tommy Heinsohn, […]
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Boston’s Team of the Century
No NBA team has quite the storied history as the Celtics, as the signatures by these basketball legends attest. The 17-time NBA World Champions boast dozens of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Famers, many of whom signed this ball, including Larry Bird, Bob Cousy and John Havlicek.
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Celtics Hall-of-Famers on a Basketball
Some of the greatest names in Celtics history signed this basketball, including Hall-of-Famers Larry Bird, Frank Ramsey, Jo Jo White and Sam Jones. Dozens of Celtics players, coaches and executives have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Changing of the Guard With Hondo
With colorful graphics and a striking image, John Havlicek graced the cover of Boston’s 1967-68 team yearbook. By that season, star players such as Tommy Heinsohn and K.C. Jones retired and the careers of veterans like Bill Russell and Sam Jones stretched a decade, resulting in a changing of the guard within the locker room. […]