Boston Celtics


Boston Celtics

▪ American basketball team
      American professional basketball team based in Boston, Mass. One of the most successful franchises in sports history, the Celtics won 11 of 13 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships from 1957 to 1969. Overall, they have won 17 NBA titles.

      Founded in Boston in 1946 by Walter Brown, the Celtics were charter members of the Basketball Association of America, a forerunner of the NBA. At the time of the team's founding, Brown also managed the Boston Garden, on whose distinctive parquet court the green-and-white-clad Celtics thrived until the franchise moved to a new arena in 1995–96.

  The Celtics' run as a sports dynasty began in the mid-1950s under coach (later general manager and president) Red Auerbach (Auerbach, Red), remembered for his “victory cigars.” With a lineup of Hall of Famers that included Frank Ramsey, Bill Sharman (Sharman, Bill), ball-handling wizard Bob Cousy (Cousy, Bob), Tom Heinsohn, dominating centre Bill Russell (Russell, Bill) (five times the league's Most Valuable Player), and later Sam Jones, K.C. Jones, and John Havlicek (Havlicek, John), the ‘‘Celts " won eight consecutive NBA titles between 1958–59 and 1965–66 and triumphed again in 1967–68 and 1968–69. The matchups between Russell (player-coach, 1966–69) and Wilt Chamberlain (Chamberlain, Wilt), first as a Philadelphia 76er and then with the Los Angeles Lakers, were at the centre of some of the most dramatic games in NBA play-off history.

      Havlicek was still a key contributor, along with Dave Cowens, Paul Silas, and Jo Jo White, on teams that won titles in 1973–74 and 1975–76. In the 1980s the NBA reached new levels of popularity with the excitement generated by the supremacy battle between the Lakers led by Magic Johnson (Johnson, Magic) and a Celtics team—led by Larry Bird (Bird, Larry) (the NBA's Most Valuable Player 1984–86), Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, and Dennis Johnson—that won championships in 1980–81, 1983–84, and 1985–86.

      In the mid-1990s the Celtics experienced the first prolonged play-off drought—six straight years beginning with the 1995–96 season—in the franchise's history. When the Celtics returned to the play-offs, they often lost in the early rounds. This changed during the 2007–08 season when the Celtics made the greatest single-season turnaround in NBA history—finishing with the league's best record and posting a 42-win improvement after the off-season addition of superstars Kevin Garnett (Garnett, Kevin) and Ray Allen to a team that already included perennial All-Star Paul Pierce. They advanced to the NBA finals, where they defeated the rival Lakers for a ninth time and won the 17th title in franchise history.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Boston Celtics — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Boston Celtics …   Wikipedia Español

  • Boston Celtics — Celtics de Boston Celtics de Boston …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Boston Celtics — Gründung 6.Juni 1946 Geschichte Boston Celtics seit 1946 Stadion TD Northhorn Garden …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Boston Celtics — succession box title = NBA Champions Boston Celtics years = 1968 and 1969 before = Philadelphia 76ers 1967 after = New York Knicks 1970succession box title = NBA Champions Boston Celtics years = 1974 before = New York Knicks 1973 after =Golden… …   Wikipedia

  • Boston Celtics — Los Boston Celtics son un equipo de baloncesto de la NBA con base en Boston, Massachusetts. Fundación:6 de junio de 1946 Estadio:FleetCenter (antes el mítico Boston Garden) Uniforme:Verde y Blanco Logo:Un enano girando un balón sobre su dedo… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Boston Celtics — …   Википедия

  • Boston Celtics — American basketball team from Massachusetts (member of the National Basketball Association) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Boston Celtics accomplishments and records — This is a comprehensive list of the accomplishments and records of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team currently playing in the National Basketball Association. Playoffs Championships (17) *1957… …   Wikipedia

  • Boston Celtics Radio Network — The Boston Celtics Radio Network is a radio network that broadcasts Boston Celtics basketball games and originates at WEEI/850 in Boston, Massachusetts. Carried in 5 of the 6 New England states, the network has 19 affiliates (12 on AM, 7 on… …   Wikipedia

  • Boston Celtics all-time roster — The following is a list of players, both past and current, who were under contract with the Boston Celtics in the NBA during the regular season (not including pre season). The period a player was with the team is shown as season(s). For example,… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.