History of the Boston Celtics

The history of the Boston Celtics begins in 1946. The team was founded by Walter A. Brown, who was President of Boston Garden-Arena Corporation. The first Boston Celtic Dynasty began with drafting of Bill Russell in 1956. The Celtics won their first NBA Title his rookie season. The Celtics returned to the NBA Finals in 1957, but lost to the St. Louis Hawks. This would be the last season that would end in defeat for the Boston Celtics until 1966. The Celtics won 8 NBA Championships in a row from 1959 to 1966. The Celtics lost in the conference finals to the 76ers in 1967, but won two more NBA Titles in 1968 and 1969. Bill Russell retired after the 1969 season and the Celtics Dynasty came to an end. The period of time between 1970 and 1978 is considered to be a time of rebuilding for the franchise. However, the Celtics managed to win two more NBA Championships in 1974 and 1976 during this “rebuilding” stage.

The near decade of rebuilding came to an end at the 1978 NBA draft. The Celtics used their pick to draft Larry Bird and the winning ways of the Celtics returned. In the season of 1981 the Celtics won their 14th NBA Title and Bird was named NBA Finals MVP. The Celtics returned to the NBA Finals in 1984 and thus began one of the greatest championship rivalries in all of sports. The Boston Celtics faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals three times in the 1980s. Boston won the first meeting in 1984, but the Celtics lost to Magic Johnson’s Lakers in 1985 and 1987. However, Larry Bird won his third NBA Championship in 1986, which gave the Celtics a total of 16.

The Boston Celtics had experienced thirty years of unprecedented winning. However, the Celtics did not play in the NBA Finals from 1988 until 2008. After Larry Bird retired in 1992, the Celtics did not win another playoff series until 2002. Boston found their next great player in the 1998 NBA Draft, Paul Pierce. Although Pierce’s arrival did not immediately return the Celtics to championship glory, it did return the franchise to respectability. Pierce’s value became evident when he was lost for the season in 2007 and Boston suffered through an 18 game losing streak. In the offseason, the Celtics were able to acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and the future looked bright for the Boston Celtics. Garnett, Pierce and Allen came to be known as the “Big 3” or the “Boston Three Party”. After winning just 24 games in 2007 the Celtics won 66 in 2008, the largest single season turn around in NBA history. The Big 3 led the Celtics to their first Conference Championship since 1987. The Celtics were set to face the Lakers for the 11th time the NBA Finals. The Celtics won the series in 6 games and were NBA Champions for the 17th time in franchise history. In 2010 the Celtics won their 21st conference championship, but were defeated in the NBA Finals in 7 games by the Lakers.