Boston Celtics is an American professional basketball team primarily based in Boston, Massachusetts. One of the maximum hit franchises in sports activities records, the Celtics won 11 of 13 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships from 1957 to 1969. Overall, they’ve received 17 NBA titles.
Founded in Boston in 1946 by using Walter Brown, the Celtics had been constitutional members of the Basketball Association of America, a forerunner of the NBA (installed in 1949). At the time of the group’s founding, Brown also managed the Boston Garden, on whose exclusive parquet courtroom the inexperienced-and-white-clad Celtics thrived until the franchise moved to a new arena, now known as TD Garden, in 1995–96. The group posted a losing report in every of its first 4 seasons, which induced the hiring of head instructor Red Auerbach in 1950.
The Celtics’ run as a sports activities dynasty commenced within the mid-1950s underneath Auerbach, who later served because the crew’s trendy supervisor and president. The team gained its first name in the 1956–57 season after defeating the St. Louis Hawks in an intently contested very last collection, which protected a double-extra time finding out 7th recreation. With a lineup of Hall of Famers that blanketed Frank Ramsey, Ed Macauley, Bill Sharman, ball-managing wizard Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, dominating center Bill Russell (5 instances the league’s Most Valuable Player), and later Sam Jones, K.C. Jones, and John Havlicek, the “Celts” received 8 consecutive NBA titles among 1958–fifty-nine and 1965–sixty-six—a report for the 4 principal North American group sports activities—and triumphed again in 1967–68 and 1968–sixty-nine.
Boston’s ascent coincided with the postwar proliferation of television units in the United States, supporting the crew and its players come to be iconic figures as the sport’s national profile grew. Among the highlights of the Celtics’ exceptional championship run is Russell twice accumulating an NBA finals report of 40 rebounds in a sport (1960, 1962) and Havlicek’s series-clinching steal of inbounds skip in game seven of the 1965 Eastern Division finals, which elicited the well-known name of “Havlicek stole the ball!” by means of announcer Johnny Most. The matchups among Russell, who served as the Celtics’ participant coach from 1966 to 1969, and Wilt Chamberlain, first as a Philadelphia 76er and then with the Los Angeles Lakers, had been at the center of a number of the most dramatic games in NBA playoff history.