League: NBA Founded: 1946
Conference/Division: Eastern Conference/Atlantic Division
Team Owner: Wycliff ‘Wyc’ Grousebeck
The parquet floor of the Boston Celtics home court known as ‘The Garden’ holds a mysterious aura to those who have heard of the famed “Celtic Pride” mantra. The place gives out somewhat of an eerie sense (making the hair on the back of your neck rise) due to its storied history, to the point where you could almost hear the ghostly cheers of the fans of decades past and feel the intensity it brought to the arena, in effect giving you goosebumps. The franchise is as old as the league itself; one of only 2 original NBA teams (New York Knicks is the other) whose name and location of origin has not changed since its inception in 1946 thereby setting itself apart from the would-be competition.
No other team in the league has ever come close to the glorified status the Celtics has achieved. The franchise lays claim to 16 NBA championship trophies spread out over three decades of dominance which includes eight consecutive titles (1959-66), the most in NBA history.
Throughout history, the archrivals have met 10 times in the NBA Finals with the Celtics walking away with the title on eight straight occasions in the 60’s. Both teams even took turns taking home the trophy in the 80’s where the Lakers, after 16 years, finally got the chance to return the favor to the Celtics albeit just twice in 1985 and 1987. But it was somewhat of a bittersweet revenge for the Lakers since they were not able to even up the score with
The Boston franchise have remained dormant for the past two decades, silently and patiently rebuilding to once again make noise and contend for the championship. Forward on to the 2008 NBA Finals and no one saw it coming- Lakers vs. Celtics. Everybody was watching. An old rivalry was rekindled and for the 11th time and these two proud organizations scratched it out for the NBA title. With a different cast of players and an All-Star or two on either team (make that THREE for the men in green! Shrek not included…) it was yet again another toss-up for the NBA title between these two bitter rivals. Celtic pride and glory was laid out on the line and prevailed once more over the
A glorious past... Seventeen NBA championship trophies spread out over four decades: from Bill Russell and Bob Cousy in the 60’s to Dave Cowens and John Havlicek in the 70’s to Larry Bird and Kevin McHale in the 80’s and to the big three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2008. Pretenders and contenders alike have come and gone through the years, but the Celtics legacy has stood the test of time.
17 TIME NBA CHAMPIONS (1957/1959-66/1968/1969/1974/1976/1981/1984/1986/2008)
20 EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES
17 ATLANTIC DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES*
46 PLAYOFFS APPEARANCES