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The Big Three’s Hardware
Boston’s original Big Three – Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale – added three banners to the rafters at Boston Garden. The trio of Hall-of-Famers all remain in the franchise’s top 10 for games played, points, rebounds and blocked shots.
The Big Three’s Last All-Star Game
Celtics Head Coach Chris Ford led the East team in the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. He signed this hat along with Assistant Coaches Jon Jennings and Don Casey. The game marked the fifth and final time that the Big Three would all be named All-Stars. Known for their dominance throughout the 1980s, Larry Bird, Kevin […]
The Dynasty Hits a Bump
Led by All-Star Larry Bird, the Celtics posted 56 wins and the league’s third-best record in the 1982-83 season. The highlight of his season came on March 30 when Bird scored a then franchise single-game record of 53 points against his home state Indiana Pacers. Even with their win total, the Celtics came in second […]
The Excellent Eighties
For the Celtics, the 1980s can be summed up in one word: dominance. The original Big Three rose to power with superstars Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. Celtics legend K.C. Jones made his triumphant return to Boston as the team’s head coach. And the Celtics made the playoffs every season of the decade, […]
The Most From the Chief
Robert Parish wore this jersey, outfitted with a black shoulder patch to commemorate late broadcaster Johnny Most, during the 1992-93 season. Parish, of course, became a Celtics legend in the 1980s after nearly quitting the game, struggling through four tough seasons with the Golden State Warriors. “And that was what was so rewarding about being […]
The Original Big Three
Hall-of-Famers Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Larry Bird looked at home on the parquet floor at Boston Garden. The legendary trio brought dominance to Boston in the 1980s. Indiana State phenom Bird got his start in 1979. One year later, Red Auerbach traded two first-round draft picks to the Golden State Warriors for Parish and […]
The Signs of Anti-Showtime
The Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers rivalry was the highlight of the NBA and arguably all professional sports during the 1980s. It featured the “Showtime” Lakers of Pat Riley, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar against the more workman-like Celtics of K.C. Jones, Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. Boston fans reveled in their team’s blue-collar […]
Training for Game Day
Celtics players always train and practice to get better. The Celtics Dancers are the same way. Director Marina Ortega, who helped start the troupe in 2006, kept a steady practice schedule for the squad. For game days, the dancers arrived at the office in the morning and connected with the Game Operations department. After a […]