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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 t ...
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Larry’s Loyalty to Red
Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach had a hand in each of the team’s first 16 NBA World Championship titles, three of which he won with Larry Bird. “The one thing about Red was loyalty,” Bird said. “That’s ...
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Now A Big Five
Offseason foot surgery kept Kevin McHale out of the Celtics lineup until December 1987 as Boston struggled to an 11-8 start. But once the full starting five was in place, the Celtics dominated by winn ...
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Old Friends, New Uniforms
Kevin McHale and Robert Parish welcomed back former teammate Danny Ainge and his new Phoenix Suns cohort Charles Barkley before a 1993 game. The trio had helped power Boston’s dominance in the 1980s a ...
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Red’s Retired Number
Other than winning NBA World Championship titles in Boston, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Red Auerbach and Robert Parish had something else in common. The Celtics retired each of their numbers – even ...
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Sacred Boards at the Garden
TD Garden exhibits historic relics from the old Celtics arena, including this gem. What better embodies the franchise than a piece of Boston Garden parquet signed by eight of the greatest players in t ...
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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 drug ...
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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 l ...
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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 ...
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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 ...