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1946

Boston Celtics team formation

The Boston Celtics were formed in 1946 by Boston Garden-Arena Corporation President Walter A. Brown as a team in the Basketball Association of America, and became part of the National Basketball Association after the absorption of the National Basketball League by the BAA in the fall of 1949.
1957

Draft Bill Russell

After the 1955 - 1956 season, Auerbach made a stunning trade. He sent perennial All-Star Ed Macauley to the St. Louis Hawks along with the draft rights to Cliff Hagan in exchange for the second overall pick in the draft. After negotiating with the Rochester Royals a negotiation that included a promise that the Celtics owner would send the highly sought after Ice Capades to Rochester if the Royals would let Russell slide to #2, Auerbach used the pick to select University of San Francisco center Bill Russell.
1965

NBA Finals Winners - First 8 NBA Finals Wins

NBA Finals - 1965
The 1965 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1965 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1964 - 1965 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. This was the Celtics' 9th straight trip to the championship series, and they won the series over the Lakers, 4-1.

NBA Finals - 1964
The 1964 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1964 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1963 - 1964 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion San Francisco Warriors and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. This was the Celtics' 8th straight trip to the championship series, and they won the series over the Warriors, 4-1.

NBA Finals - 1963
The 1963 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1963 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1962 - 1963 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics. This was the Celtics' 7th straight trip to the championship series, and they won the series over the Lakers, 4–2.

NBA Finals - 1962
The 1962 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1962 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1961 - 1962 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers and Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics. This was the Celtics' 6th straight trip to the Finals, and they won the best-of-seven series in Game 7, 110-107 in overtime.

NBA Finals - 1961
The 1961 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1961 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1960 - 1961 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion St. Louis Hawks and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. This was the Celtics' 5th straight trip to the championship series, and they won the series against the Hawks, 4-1.

NBA Finals - 1960
The 1960 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1960 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1959 - 1960 season. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion St. Louis Hawks and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. It was Boston's fourth trip to the NBA Finals and St. Louis' third. The Celtics beat the Hawks 4-3.

NBA Finals - 1959
The 1959 NBA World Championship Series was the championship series of the 1958 - 1959 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 1959 NBA Playoffs. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Division champion Minneapolis Lakers and the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics swept the Lakers 4–0.

NBA Finals - 1957
The 1957 NBA World Championship Series was the championship series of the 1956 - 1957 National Basketball Association season, and was the conclusion of the 1957 NBA Playoffs. The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Conference champion St. Louis Hawks and the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. This was Boston's first trip to the NBA Finals in their franchise history as well as St. Louis's. The Celtics won the series over the Hawks, 4-3.
1978

Drafting Larry Bird

The Celtics owned two of the top eight picks in the 1978 NBA Draft. Since the Celtics had two draft choices, Auerbach took a risk and selected junior Larry Bird of Indiana State with the 6th pick, knowing that Bird would elect to remain in college for his senior year. The Celtics would retain his rights for one year a rule that was later changed and Auerbach believed that Bird's potential would make it worth the wait. Auerbach also felt that when the college season ended the Celtics would have a great chance to sign Bird. Auerbach was right and Bird signed soon after leading Indiana State to the NCAA Championship game, where they fell to a Michigan State University team.
1995

Closing Down Boston Garden

In 1995, the Celtics moved from the Boston Garden to the Fleet Center (later TD BankNorth, then TD Garden).

Construction began on April 29, 1993. Plans for the new arena stated that it would be slightly north of the old facility. The term "slightly north" ended up meaning that there was only nine inches (23 cm) of space between the two buildings when construction was completed. The site for the new arena occupied 3.2 acres (13,000 m2). It eventually cost $160 million. Ground was broken on April 29, 1993. In 27 months, quick by today's standards, the arena was built. That included seven weeks of delay caused by heavy snowfall. The Shawmut Center opened on September 30, 1995.
2008

NBA Finals Winners - Next 9 NBA Finals Wins

NBA Finals - 2008
The 2008 NBA Finals were held June 5 through June 17 of 2008, to decide the winner of the 2007 - 2008 NBA season, and conclude the season's playoffs. The Boston Celtics, top-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, top-seeded champions of the Western Conference, four games to two in a best-of-seven series. This was Boston's first title since 1986 and 17th overall.

NBA Finals - 1986
The 1986 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1985 - 1986 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Houston Rockets 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. Larry Bird was named NBA Finals MVP for the second time.

NBA Finals - 1984
The 1984 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1983 - 1984 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. Larry Bird was named NBA Finals MVP.

NBA Finals - 1981
The 1981 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament which followed National Basketball Association's 1980 - 1981 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Houston Rockets 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. Cedric Maxwell was named NBA Finals MVP.

NBA Finals - 1976
The 1976 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1975 - 1976 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. The series was highlighted by Game 5, a 3-OT victory by Boston. The Celtics won their 13th NBA title, second in the Dave Cowens era. Jo Jo White was named NBA Finals MVP.

NBA Finals - 1974
The 1974 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1973 - 1974 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Milwaukee Bucks 4 games to 3 in the NBA Finals. John Havlicek was named NBA Finals MVP.

NBA Finals - 1969
The 1969 NBA World Championship Series to determine the champion of the 1968 - 1969 NBA season was played between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, the Lakers being heavily favored due to the presence of three formidable stars: Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jerry West. In addition, Boston was an aging team; they made the playoffs as the 4th place team in the Eastern Division, and were not favored to make it to the finals. The Celtics' finals victory the last championship of the Bill Russell dynasty is considered one of the great upsets in NBA history.

NBA Finals - 1968
The 1968 NBA World Championship Series pitted the Boston Celtics from the East, against the Los Angeles Lakers from the West, for the sixth time in ten years. The Celtics won their tenth NBA Championship in twelve seasons, by defeating the Lakers in six games. Significantly, Game 6 of the 1968 NBA Finals marked the first time that any NBA competition had taken place during the month of May.

NBA Finals - 1966
The 1966 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the 1966 NBA Playoffs, which concluded the National Basketball Association 1965–66 season. The Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics faced the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers in a best-of-seven series that the Celtics won 4 games to 3.

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Team Information Team History

City:
Boston

Nickname:
Celtics - The name was chosen because “Boston is full of Irishman,” according to team owner Walter Brown. But it was the other considered names that deserve highlighting: Whirlwinds, Olympians and Unicorns, among them. The name Celtics refers to Boston’s Irish American population, many Irish believe they are ancestors of the ancient druid people called the Celts.

Arena:
TD Garden 
2010 - present
  • TD Banknorth Garden
  • 2005 - 2009
  • FleetCenter
  • 1995 - 2005
  • Shawmut Center (during construction)
  • 1993 - 1995

Boston Garden
1946 - 1995

Owner:
Boston Basketball Partners L.L.C.
2002–present
Paul Gaston
1993 - 2002
Don Gaston, Alan N. Cohen, Paul Dupee
1983 - 1993
Harry T. Mangurian, Jr.
1979 - 1983
John Y. Brown, Jr. and Harry T. Mangurian, Jr.
1978 - 1979
Irv Levin and Harold Lipton
1975 - 1978
Robert Schmertz/Leisure Technology, Irv Levin, and Harold Lipton
1975
Robert Schmertz/Leisure Technology
1972 - 1975
Irv Levin and Harold Lipton
1972 - 1972
Ballantine Brewery
1971 - 1972
Trans-National Communications
1969 - 1971
Ballantine Brewery
1968 - 1969
Marvin Kratter/Knickerbocker Brewing Company
1965 - 1968
Lou Pieri and Marjorie Brown
1964 - 1965
Walter A. Brown/Lou Pieri
1950 - 1964
Boston Garden-Arena Corporation
1946 - 1950

Established: 1946

League History:
National Basketball Association
1949 - present
Basketball Association of America 
1946 - 1949

Team History:
Boston Celtics
1946 - present

NBA Championships: 17
2008, 1986, 1984, 1981, 1976, 1974, 1969, 1968, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1957

Retired Numbers:
00 Robert Parish
1 Walter A. Brown
2 Red Auerbach
3 Dennis Johnson
6 Bill Russell
10 Jo Jo White
14 Bob Cousy
15 Tom Heinsohn
16 Tom "Satch" Sanders
17 John Havlicek
18 Dave Cowens
19 Don Nelson
21 Bill Sharman
22 Ed Macauley
23 Frank Ramsey
24 Sam Jones
25 K.C. Jones
31 Cedric Maxwell
32 Kevin McHale
33 Larry Bird
35 Reggie Lewis
LOSCY Jim Loscutoff
MIC Johnny Most

Mascots: Unknown

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