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Celtics Corner

The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (the NBA).  The Boston Celtics play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference with four other teams: the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks.  Nets tickets will surely be hard to come by during the 2014-2015 NBA schedule.

Boston Celtics 2014-2015 Outlook

We’re in for another rough Boston Celtics season, but there are reasons to believe things are headed in the right direction.

Boston will be a team that plays with an edge. Rondo is notoriously competitive, but the Celtics also feature gritty rookie Marcus Smart, dogged defender Avery Bradley and last year’s flagrant foul leader, Jared Sullinger.

Those guys aren’t just out there to mix it up either.

Bradley is a quality starter—especially if he sustains the improved perimeter shooting he flashed last year. And Sullinger has been a preseason monster, averaging 14.9 points and 10.9 rebounds on 52 percent shooting.

In other words, there’s a better chance this team will be watchable this year.

TD Garden

The TD Garden (previously the Shawmut Center, the FleetCenter, and the TD Banknorth Garden; nicknamed the Boston Garden and The Garden) is a multi-purpose arena in Boston, Massachusetts. It is named after its sponsor, TD Bank, a subsidiary of Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank.

TD Garden is the home arena for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. It is owned by Delaware North, whose CEO, Jeremy Jacobs, also owns the Bruins. It is the site of the annual Beanpot college hockey tournament, and hosts the annual Hockey East Championships. The arena has also hosted many major national sporting events including the 1999, 2003, and 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball regional first and second rounds, the 2009 and 2012 Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, the 1998 Frozen Four, the 2004 Frozen Four, the 2014 United States Figure Skating Championships, the 2006 Women’s Final Four, and it will host the 2015 Frozen Four. It hosted games 3, 4, and 6 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals and the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals for the Bruins, and games 1, 2, and 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals and games 3, 4, and 5 of the 2010 NBA Finals for the Celtics.

TD Garden
100 Legends Way
Boston, Massachusetts 02114

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The Boston Celtics were formed in 1946 and initially played in the Basketball Association of America.  The Boston Celtics were one of the founding members of the NBA in 1949 when the Basketball Association of America merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA.  The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks are the only 2 original members of the NBA that still play in their original cities.  The Boston Celtics did not record a winning record in any of its 1st four professional seasons and only made the playoffs once, losing in the 1st round to the Chicago Stags, a team that folded in 1950.  When the team hired Head Coach Red Auerbach, the fortunes of the Boston Celtics changed for the better.  Although Red Auerbach initially refused to draft eventual Hall of Famer Bob Cousy, the Boston Celtics later acquired Cousy from the Chicago Stags after the franchise folded for financial reasons.  Following that acquisition, Red Auerbach also orchestrated the trade of Celtic great and future Hall of Famer Ed Macauley to the St. Louis Hawks for their 1st round draft pick.  The Boston Celtics used that pick to select Bill Russell and later acquired Tommy Heinsohn, the 1957 NBA Rookie of the Year.  Cousy, Russell, and Heinsohn formed the talented trio that would bring 11 NBA Championships to the city of Boston.  The Boston Celtics won their 1st NBA Championship in 1956-1957 with a 4-3 series win over the St. Louis Hawks.  The Boston Celtics would lose to the Hawks in the NBA Finals the following year, but then the Boston Celtics would advance to and win 8 consecutive NBA Championships from 1958-1959 through 1965-1966.  And after failing to make the NBA Finals in 1966-1967, the Boston Celtics won back-to-back NBA Championships over the Los Angeles Lakers in 1967-1968 and 1968-1969.  The Boston Celtics won an incredible 11 NBA Championships in 13 years.

The Boston Celtics failed to make the playoffs during the next 2 seasons and started to rebuild a new dynasty.  The Boston Celtics acquired future stars Dave Cowens, Paul Silas and Jo Jo White and the teams was coached by the legendary Tommy Heinsohn.  The Boston Celtics advanced to the NBA playoffs 6 consecutive years from 1971-1972 through 1976-1997 and won 2 more NBA Championships in 1973-1974 and 1975-1976.  After the franchise’s 12th and 13th NBA Championships, the Boston Celtics endured another brief rebuilding process.  Red Auerbach drafted well and made key trades to acquire Larry Bird, Robert Parrish and Kevin McHale.  With that fabulous trio, the Boston Celtics won the franchise’s 14th NBA Championship in 1980-1981 with a thrilling 6 game NBA Finals win over the Houston Rockets.  The Boston Celtics then hired K.C. Jones as their head coach and added key role players, including Dennis Johnson, Danny Ainge, Quinn Buckner and M.L. Carr.  The Boston Celtics played in 4 consecutive NBA Finals from 1983-1984 through 1986-1987, winning 2 of them over the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets.  Following the 16th and final NBA Championship, the Boston Celtics could never recapture the glory years of the previous Celtics dynasties.  The team advanced to the playoffs for 5 straight years, but never advanced past the Eastern Conference semifinals.  Larry Bird retired following the 1991-1992 season, and Bird’s planned successor, Reggie Lewis, died tragically following a heart attack (he had been diagnosed with a heart condition but was cleared to play.  Lewis’ #35 has since been retired by the Boston Celtics. 

The Boston Celtics then endured the failed Rick Pitino tenure.  Pitino had been a successful college basketball coach with the University of Kentucky, but his dual role as president and head coach of the Boston Celtics, and his hard-nosed coaching style did not translate well on the professional basketball level.  The Boston Celtics never had a winning record under Pitino and he resigned in 2001.  Head Coach Jim O’Brien replaced Pitino and he, along with Antoine Walker and a cast of quality role players, were able to lead the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001-2002.  But the New Jersey Nets upset the Boston Celtics in 6 games, and the Boston Celtics endured another tough stretch where the team did not advance past the Eastern Conference semifinals.  The Boston Celtics recorded losing seasons in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, but the city of Boston has high hopes for the 2007-2008 season following the acquisitions of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen during the summer of 2007.  The Boston Celtics and its loyal fan base would love to add a 17th NBA Championship to their mantle.               

The Boston Celtics have retired 21 players’ numbers throughout the team’s 62-year history – the most of any professional sports franchise in North America.  Banners hang in the rafters of TD Banknorth Garden for the following Boston Celtics players:  Founder and first owner Walter Brown’s #1 (retired October 1, 1974) – the #1 signifies his status as the most significant person in franchise history; Head Coach Arnold “Red” Auerbach’s #2 (retired January 4, 1985) – the #2 signifies his status as the 2nd most significant person in franchise history; Dennis Johnson’s #3 (retired December 13, 1991); Bill Russell’s #6 (retired March 12, 1972); Jo Jo White’s #10 (retired April 9, 1982); Bob Cousy’s #14 (retired October 16, 1963); Tom Heinsohn’s #15 (retired October 15, 1966); Tom “Satch” Sander’s #16 (retired January 1973); John Havlicek’s #17 (retired October 13, 1978); Dave Cowens’ #18 (retired February 8, 1981); Don Nelson’s #19 (retired 1978); Bill Sharman’s #21 (retired October 15, 1966); Ed Macauley’s #22 (retired October 16, 1963); Frank Ramsey’s #23; Sam Jones’ #24 (retired March 9, 1969); K.C. Jones’ #25 (retired February 12, 1967); Cedric Maxwell’s #31 (retired December 15, 2003); Kevin McHale’s #32 (retired January 30, 1994); Larry Bird’s #33 (retired February 4, 1993); Reggie Lewis’ #35 (retired March 22, 1995); Robert Parrish’s #00 (retired January 18, 1998); and Jim Loscutoff’s #18 – “Loscy” played all of his 9 NBA seasons with the Celtics helping them win 7 NBA Championships during that span.  After his career with the Celtics ended, he requested that his #18 not be retired so that a future Celtic could wear it.  Dave Cowens did just that and had the number retired following the end of his illustrious career.