Transcript of The Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics were founded on June 6th, 1946. The Celtics were founded by 11 men who wished to form a new league, the BAA. The premise was based upon that of the NHL, with a 60 game season. The Celtic's team colors are green and white The Celtics are the all-time most winning franchise in professional sport's history. Throughout the first 4 years of the Celtic's history, a huge disappointment was felt by the players and the fans of the organization. In 1960, the Celtics were instantly transformed into contenders with the addition of Ed Macauley, Bob Cousy, and a new coach; Red Auerback. In 1956, the Celtics added KC Jones, Tommy Heinsohn, as well as Bill Russel; one of the most dominant big men in basketball history. The Celtics were now the best team in the world. They won the titles in 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1973-74, and finally in 1975-76. After these titles, Bill Russel ended his career as a Boston Celtic, and the Celtics lose the dynasty title to their franchise. Bill Russel revolutionized the game of basketball. He is arguably the best basketball player to ever play the game. He could score, rebound, pass, block shots, and coach. After the 1966 season, coach Auerbach left the coaching position the Bill Russel. Russel was to coach and play for the Boston Celtics. Russel led the Celtics back to the championships many more times, and was the first black coach in the history of the NBA. The Boston Garden was opened on November 17, 1928, and hosted NHL games, and later NBA games. In 1997, due to the small size of the original Boston Garden, a new stadium was built, and the historical Boston Garden was demolished. The new staduim, the TD Northbank Garden. The Celtics dry spell between the late 1970's was ended when rookie Larry Bird, from French Lick Indiana signed a 5-year contract with the Celtics, in 1978. The deal was for 3.25 million dollars, making him the highest paid rookie at that time. In Larry Bird's second year, he led them to their twelfth championship in 1981. In the 1980's a very well publicized rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers began. The NBA world became Larry Bird versus Magic Johnson. Magic Johnson once stated, "We weren't about stats. We were about winning." Larry Bird won 3 championships while Magic won 5 during the 1980's. The Celtics and Lakers met three times in the NBA finals, with Magic Johnson taking two of the match-ups. After Larry Bird retired in 1992, due to back throubles. And after his retirement, the Celtics had hit a dry spell. The 1990's brought no success to the Celtic's organization. However, in 1998, The Celtics drafted Kansas Forward, Paul Pierce with the 10th overall pick. Paul Pierce had 11 frustration seasons, until 2008, where Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined the Celtics in 2008. The trio became known as the "big three". The three led the Celtics to a championship in 2008, the first for all three superstars. The championship came against Kobe Bryant's Lakers, renewing the deep rivalry of the 1980's. That season, Ray Allen averaged 17.4 points a game, Kevin Garnett led the Celtics lock-down defense, and Paul Pierce added another 19.4 points each game. In 2012, Ray Allen Left the Boston Celtics, and the Celtics have added new depth such as Jason Terry from the Mavericks to replace Ray Allen's scoring abilities. 1. The Celtics are the most winning team currently in the NBA with 17 Championships.Full transcript
2. The Celtics won 8 Championships in a row, dominating the league through 1958-1965.
3. The Celtics are one of the few original NBA teams, as the NBA was founded in 1976, as the ABA and NBA merged, to become today's NBA. 4. The Celtic's Larry Bird was the first three point shootout champion in 1985, and repeated in 1986, and also in 1987. 5. The Celtics use a winking leprechaun as their logo, and well as a three-leaf clover. The Celtics are in the "Atlantic Division" in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. 1948-First Arab-Israeli Wars begins 1952-Turkey becomes a member of NATO 1962-Cuban Missile Crisis 1975-The last group of Americans are evacuated from Saigon, South Vietnam during North Vietnamese invasion 1989-In response to massive protests, the East German government allows East Berliners to cross into West Berlin. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall begins shortly after.
1990-Iraq invades Kuwait, beginning the Persian Gulf War 1998-U.S. singer Frank Sinatra dies. 1995-O.J. Simpson acquitted. 1992-Democratic candidate Bill Clinton elected 42nd President of the United States. Bill Russel knew there was more to the world than the sport of basketball. Beginning in the 1950's Russel became more than just "Mr. NBA."
Russel came into a league, predominately white, and became a champion on every level. He bought a house in a white suburban area during the 1960's. where racism ran rampant in America. In 1963, Russel held basketball clinics, with white and black students. Russel also spoke against racism and preached against segregation. Bill Russel was very important in the civil rights movement of the 60's. Sources: www.nba.com
www.jrank.org 1987-Andy Warhol dies. Coaches: Red Auerbach