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Cooz Leads the C’s in ’59
The 1958-59 Celtics posed ahead of another NBA World Championship title-winning season. The team swept the Elgin Baylor-led Minneapolis Lakers in the 1959 NBA Finals behind star player Bob Cousy’s 16.8 points and 12.8 assists per game in the series. He set a record at the time for most assists in the NBA Finals, recording […]
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Cousy Scores for 15,000
Members of the 1961-62 Celtics signed a basketball for Bob Cousy after he became only the second player in NBA history to score 15,000 career points. On November 25, 1961, Cousy met the mark on a 20-foot push shot just 1:47 into a game held at Boston Garden. He went on to score 22 points […]
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Heads Above the Rest
Instead of a team photo, the Celtics opted for floating heads on the team’s 1957-58 yearbook cover. Inside, the yearbook was becoming less a media guide and more a fan publication with fun facts and sketches of the Celtics players and front office. The publication featured a minute-by-minute breakdown of the thrilling double-overtime win over […]
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Home Court Advantage
A piece of the old parquet floor was on display at FleetCenter (now TD Garden) for the Celtics 50th anniversary in 1996. Over the years, many opponents – and even some Celtics players – complained of “dead spots” in the floor. The role of dead spots was debated as long as the floor existed, but […]
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In the Green Paint
Green-painted parquet is highly coveted among Celtics fans and collectors. This section had added value with autographs from some of the greatest players in franchise history. See if you can make out all of signatures inked on the original parquet.
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Jones Gave Him Nowhere To Go
K.C. Jones defended future Hall-of-Famer Hal Greer of the Syracuse Nationals during a game in 1962. In the early days of their careers, K.C. Jones and teammate Sam Jones would substitute off the bench for star guards Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman. Said Cousy, “They not only sustain a lead, they add to it. And […]
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K.C. Gets a Little Help
Bill Russell set a pick against Cincinnati Royals star Oscar Robertson, which allowed K.C. Jones to make a move to the basket. During his playing days, Jones was known as a hard worker and great teammate. “From the day he reported, he did everything I asked him,” said Coach Red Auerbach. “He went in and […]
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Practicing With Red
A Celtics practice under Red Auerbach could be intense. He banned water during practice on the theory that it would slow players down. According to John Havlicek, he heard stories that Bill Sharman and K.C. Jones practiced so hard “they nearly had bloodbaths.” As for Auerbach, he said, “I tried to make the practices interesting […]
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Red and the Team in ’61-’62
The Celtics dynasty was in full swing after the C’s won their third straight NBA World Championship title in 1961. The starting five of Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey, Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Russell, along with stars off the bench like K.C. Jones, Satch Sanders, Jim Loscutoff and Gary Phillips, helped lead the team […]
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Red’s Final Coaching Stint
Players such as Satch Sanders, Bill Russell, Sam Jones and John Havlicek inked their names onto a photograph of the 1965-66 NBA World Champion Celtics. This memorable season marked the end of an era as Red Auerbach stepped down as head coach. His team would go out with a bang: in the 1966 NBA Finals, […]