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1986: The Best Team Ever
Many respected sportswriters believe the 1985-86 Boston Celtics were the best team in NBA history. Others will argue that point, but a few things are undisputed. Five future Hall-of-Famers suited up for the team, including Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish and Bill Walton – plus Head Coach K.C. Jones, whose team lost […]
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 […]
A New Ring for K.C.
Celtics Head Coach K.C. Jones accepted his 1984 NBA World Championship ring from NBA Commissioner David Stern. When Jones received that ring, the crowd began chanting “DEFENSE! DEFENSE!” as a nod to his team’s defensive prowess in the 1984 NBA Finals. It was Jones’ 11th career championship ring following eight as a player and two […]
A Tragic Start to a Title Defense
The Celtics barely got to celebrate their 16th NBA World Championship title when Len Bias, the No. 2 overall pick, passed away just two days after the 1986 NBA Draft and 11 days after the end of the NBA Finals. Flush with a veteran roster, the Celtics were still primed for another title run in […]
All-Star Celtics in ’86
Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Larry Bird and Coaches Jimmy Rodgers, K.C. Jones and Chris Ford all participated in the 1986 All-Star Game in Dallas. Bird was a starter and scored 23 points, McHale contributed eight points and 10 rebounds, and Parish recorded a blocked shot as the East All-Stars won, 139-132.
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 […]
Basketball Jones
It’s hard to find a more impressive basketball career than that of K.C. Jones. During Boston’s first dynasty, Jones won eight NBA World Championship titles in nine seasons, becoming only one of three players in league history with eight rings. Soon after his playing retirement, Jones got back into the game as a coach. After […]
Bird Crashes the Party
For the 10th time in league history, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers franchises met in the NBA Finals in 1987. Both teams were powerhouses during the 1980s, as each had won three NBA World Championship titles from 1980 to 1986. In the 1987 NBA Finals, the Lakers stormed out to a 2-0 series […]
Boston Garden to the Rose Garden
President Ronald Reagan addressed a White House gathering to honor the 1984 NBA World Champion Celtics, who were joined by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Despite the formal atmosphere, the Celtics and President Reagan seemed to have fun. After describing Boston’s run of success under Red Auerbach, Reagan joked, “Aren’t you afraid you might be getting […]
Boston’s Big Changes in 1988
Big changes were in store for the Celtics during the 1988-89 season when K.C. Jones became VP of basketball operations and longtime assistant coach Jimmy Rodgers became head coach. On the court, the Celtics faced a setback as Larry Bird played in only six games. The team struggled to a 42-40 finish and a first-round […]
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