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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 […]
Honoring the Garden Tradition
Imagine what the final season of the Boston Garden could have been with Len Bias and Reggie Lewis. Bias would have been just 31 early in the 1994-95 season and Lewis just 28. The loss of these young stars resonated deeply in the mid-1990s as the superstars of the past retired – first Dennis Johnson, […]
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 […]
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 […]