Boston Celtics Tickets
The Boston Celtics are hailed as “the franchise” in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Formed in 1946, the Celtics top the list of the most championships won, their total rising to 17 in 2008. The color green and the winking leprechaun has been their logo for the past five decades, symbolizing the team’s tradition of success and luck.
In their 71-year history, the Celtics have seen several tough years but no other side has ever dominated the NBA the way they did from 1957 to 1969. They won 11 championships during that period which came to be known as “the Dynasty”. Following three incredible wins in the 1974, 1976 and 1981 seasons, the Boston Celtics enjoyed another golden period in the mid 80s, winning two titles in 1984 and 1986. Boston Celtics game tickets posted record sales during these winning years, including the 2008 season when they lifted the trophy for the 17th time.
The foundation of Celtics was laid on June 6, 1946. 11 men, all of whom either owned arenas in major cities or professional hockey teams, or both, decided to form a new basketball league. Called the Basketball Association of America (BAA), it featured 60 games season schedule along with a series of playoffs. Walter Brown, the owner of Boston Garden and a member of NHL’s Boston Bruins franchise, was among the driving forces behind the BAA. He also became the owner of the Boston Celtics and made John Russell the first coach of his team. The Celtics played their inaugural game at the Boston Garden on November 5, 1946 and 4,329 fans witnessed the Celtics game in Boston. Even though the home team lost to the Chicago Stags, it was the start of a stellar legacy.
Initially there was a lot of struggle for the Boston Celtics. After BAA merged with National Basketball League in 1949-50 season, a new name was given to the league – the National Basketball Association.
Boston Celtics During the 50s
In 1950, the NBA underwent some reorganization that changed the fate of the Boston Celtics. The league reduced its strength to 11 teams from 14, and the best players from the disbanded franchises were distributed among the remaining teams. The Celtics got lucky – not once but twice. To strengthen one of the weakest teams in the league, Ed Macauley of St. Louis Bombers was awarded to the Celtics. The second key acquisition was that of Bob Cousy of the Chicago Stags, whose name has gone down in team’s history as one of the best point guards.
Another historic moment was when Charles Cooper was drafted into the side, becoming the first African American player to be hired by the NBA. Under the leadership of head coach Red Auerbach, the Celtics started to play a fast-breaking, up-tempo game and it improved their stats a lot.
1951-52 offseason was eventful as well as the shooting guard Bill Sharman joined the Celtics backcourt. For the next couple of seasons, the Celtics enjoyed a powerful offense steered by Ed Macauley, Bob Cousy and Sharman. The 1952-53 season posted the first playoff series win in the franchise’s history. However, the New York Knicks ended their winning streak, beating them at the division finals. The team followed the same pattern till 1956, thriving on the offense but lacking the much needed toughness in the defense.
Boston Celtics Dynasty
Boston got their big man in the form of Bill Russell. A standout defenseman, he was traded with Ed Macauley to the St. Louis Hawks and finally Coach Auerbach had a dominating roster in place. Veterans like Andy Phillip, Arnie Risen and Jack Nichols were also added to the side and with Russell leading the pack, the Celtics revolutionized the game. His snaring rebounds, the ability to block shots and quick passes to Bob Cousy made the Boston Celtics an unstoppable force. The team was at its peak and the tickets for Boston Celtics games rose in demand.
Tom Heinsohn played a solid rookie season and the high-powered defense from Cousy and Bill Sharman made the Celtics an overnight success. 1956-57 season ended on a high note with Cousy named as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Heinsohn took home the Rookie of the Year Award.
The Celtics made it to the 1957 playoffs with the league’s best record – 44-28. They faced the St. Louis Hawks in the NBA Finals and at game 4, both the teams were tied with two wins apiece. Team Boston clinched the game 5 and was poised to win the 6th one and lift the trophy but the Hawks bounced back once again. The game 7 has gone down in NBA’s history as the most memorable one. As the buzzer hit in the second overtime, the Celtics sealed the victory with 125-123 score.
1958-59 season: With KC Jones back after serving the military, the Boston Celtics tore through the season. Like a fierce guard Bill Russell patrolled the middle, giving the defensemen enough room to take chances and once again the team posted their best record. They faced the Minneapolis Lakers in the Finals. A young team, they were no match for the Celtics and under Russell, the team reclaimed the title.
1959-62 seasons: Under their five starters; Frank Ramsey, Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Sharman and Bob Cousy, the Celtics continued to dominate the league. The team tore down even the best of sides and players, and reached their 4th final in a row, meeting the arch rivals, St. Louis Hawks. Their faceoff reached game 7 and the Celtics pulled out all stops to lift the trophy for the 3rd time. The team continued to chalk up titles and in the year 1962, recorded their 5th big win.
1963-66 seasons: Bob Cousy retired in 1962 and Clyde Lovellette took his place. Russell kept the dynasty going and added 4 more wins to their championship haul. In between the team lost its founder Walter Brown and his name went down in the Celtic’s history books.
1967-69 seasons: Coach Red Auerbach finally retired in 1967 and Russell acted as both the player and coach. During this time the Philadelphia 76ers were rising as the NBA powerhouse and they proved their mettle after defeating the 8-time reigning champs.
Russell continued to rally the team and he led the side to two more NBA titles. By the time Russell’s career ended, the Celtics had cemented their name as the league’s best team with 11 titles. Since then the team has won 6 more titles (1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008).
A Look at the Boston Celtics’ Legends
Here is a list of names that made the Celtics one of the greatest NBA franchises.
- Red Auerbach – Coach, General Manager.
- Larry Bird – Small Forward
- Bob Cousy – Point Guard
- Dave Cowens – Center
- John Havlicek – Small Forward
- Tom Heinsohn – Forward, Center
- Dennis Johnson – Guard
- K.C. Jones – Guard
- Sam Jones – Guard, Forward
- Reggie Lewis – Forward
- Jim “Loscy” Loscutoff – Forward
- Bill Russell – Center
- Don Nelson – Forward
- Cedric Maxwell – Forward
- The Boston Celtics share major rivalry with the Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
- The Celtics have won 21 division titles, latest victory coming in 2012.
- The team has won 21 conference titles, latest victory coming in 2010.
- Under the Big Three (Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnet) the Celtics won their 17th NBA title in 2008, their first since 1986.
- The Celtics play their home games at the TD Garden.