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Start Me Up
Children of a certain era know exactly what someone means when they say “Starter jacket.” The brightly-colored satin jackets were on the sidelines of NBA games just as often as playgrounds and classrooms during the 1980s and ’90s. With players such as Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson wearing these threads, it’s no wonder why kids found the jackets to be […]
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Thank You, Larry
While Larry Bird became the biggest star of Boston’s 1980s NBA World Championship teams, he was always a little uncomfortable with the spotlight directly on him. Said Bird at his farewell celebration in 1993, “I was nervous coming out here. I was kind of emotional before I walked out. Scared.” Bird continued by saying he […]
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The 1986 Pennant Winners
Did you have one of these pennants growing up? This one lists the players who helped bring NBA World Championship No. 16 to Boston, including Hall-of-Famers Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson and Bill Walton. The Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets, led by the “Twin Towers” of Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson and […]
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The Best Team of All-Time?
There were high expectations for the Celtics in the 1985-86 season after two straight NBA Finals appearances, and this team did not disappoint. Led by All-Stars Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, the Celtics won 67 games, the second-most in team history. Incredibly, the team lost only once at home all year – regular […]
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The Big Three “Signed With the Pros”
Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis launched an anti-drug campaign in 1984 with the help of the Boston Celtics. A program called “Sign With the Pros” encouraged students to “stand tall against drugs and enter the Celtics challenge.” As part of the campaign, posters featured the famously short Dukakis standing on a folding chair either with the […]
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The Big Three Becomes Five in 1987
The Big Three of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish became the “big five” when Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge joined them on the floor during the 1987-88 season. The quintet each averaged at least 30 minutes and 12 points per game without much help from the bench. This core powered the Celtics to […]
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The Big Three Bounce Back
Boston stormed out of the gate during the 1983-84 season, winning nine of 10 games to start. The team also finished well, winning 10 of 11 down the stretch to post a 62-win campaign and secure the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Larry Bird won his first NBA MVP award, finishing in the top […]
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The Big Three Take a Bow
No one was under any illusions that the Big Three would be around forever. By the 1991-92 season, the team looked back on the era of Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale – and what an era it was. For 13 seasons spanning from 1980 to 1992, the Celtics earned 13 consecutive playoff berths, […]
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The Big Three, Finally Together
Just before the 1980 NBA Draft, Red Auerbach traded two first-round picks to the Golden State Warriors for a young center named Robert Parish and a first-round pick later used on Kevin McHale. In what is regarded as one of the best trades in NBA history, Parish and McHale paired with second-year pro Larry Bird […]
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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. […]