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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 […]
Gavitt and Ford Start Celtics Anew
Some changes in the Celtics front office unfolded ahead of the 1990-91 season. Big East Conference commissioner and future Hall-of-Famer Dave Gavitt became team CEO and former Celtics player Chris Ford took over as head coach. Young stars Reggie Lewis, Brian Shaw, Kevin Gamble and Dee Brown paired well with mainstays Larry Bird, Robert Parish […]
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 […]
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. […]