July 6, 2022
The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. Plays in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association. The club was founded in 1946 and has won the NBA title 17 times since its inception. The Celtics first became champions in 1957. From 1959 to 1966, Boston won the championship eight times in a row, a record winning streak in North American professional sports. During this period, the club met the Los Angeles Lakers team 5 times in the finals, which influenced the birth of the most famous confrontation in the NBA. Boston players won the title in 1974 and 1976, the team leaders at that time were: Dave Cowens, John Havlicek and Joe Joe White. Since the 1981-82 season, the Celtics have played: Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale - these basketball players are now known as the "Big Three". During its existence, from 1980 to 1992, Boston won the championship three times. In 1987-2007, the Celtics never went beyond the conference semifinals, often did not get into the playoffs at all (except for the 2001/2002 season, when the Celtics reached the conference finals, where they lost to the New Jersey Nets). During this period, the team's current basketball player Reggie Lewis and a young player selected by the Celtics in the 1986 draft, Len Byas, tragically died. During the 2006/07 season, the long-term coach and general manager of the team, Red Auerbach, passed away. Before the start of the 2007/08 season, the team was replenished by multiple All-Star players: Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Together with Paul Pierce and under the guidance of coach Doc Rivers, these players became NBA champions in 2008. Four Celtics basketball players received the NBA Most Valuable Player award: Bob Coizey, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens and Larry Bird. John Havlicek is the team's highest-scoring player in history, with 26,395 points in games for Boston.