The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston. Founded in 1946, the Celtics are one of the most successful basketball teams in NBA history. The franchise is tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for most NBA Championships won with 17. Four Celtics players have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards. They were the first NBA franchise to draft a black player, Chuck Cooper, in 1950.
About Boston Celtics in brief
The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston. Founded in 1946, the Celtics are one of the most successful basketball teams in NBA history. The franchise is tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for most NBA Championships won with 17. Four Celtics players have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards. The Celtics play their home games at TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins. The team currently holds the record for the most recorded wins of any NBA team, with 16 championships to their name. They were the first NBA franchise to draft a black player, Chuck Cooper, in 1950. They have a notable rivalry with the Lakers, which was heavily highlighted throughout the 1960s and 1980s. They won their first NBA championship in 1957, and have since won eight consecutive NBA championships. They lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals in 2010, only to lose in a seven-game series. After struggling through the 1990s, the team rose again to win a championship in 2008 with the help of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen in what was known as the new \”Big Three\” era. After an aggressive rebuild in 2017, where the team acquired All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the pair struggled with injuries throughout the 2017–18 season, and the team was again defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals, despite pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games.
The nickname \”Lucky the Leprechaun\” is a nod to Boston’s historically large Irish population, and also to the Original Celtics, a marquee team prior to the NBA. The Boston Celtics were formed on June 6, 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 League by the BAA in the fall of 1949. After the 1955–56 season, Auerbach made a stunning trade, sending perennial All-Star Ed Macauley to the St. Louis Hawks along with the draft rights to Cliff Hagan for the second overall pick in the second draft. In the franchise’s early days, coach Red Auerach had no assistants, ran the scouting, and scheduled all practices, and road trips for opposing teams. One of the first great players to join the Celtics was Bob Cousy, who was initially refused to draft out of nearby Holy Cross because he was too flashy. After Cousy’s contract became the property of the Chicago Stags, but when that franchise went bankrupt, he went to the Celtics in a dispersal draft with the second pick in 1955. After a period of rebuilding the Celtics returned to championship caliber, winning two NBA titles in 1974 and 1976. They again returned to dominance in the 1980s, winning the 1981, 1984, and 1986 championships. By the start of the 2013 season, none of the Big Three were still with the team, which ushered in a new era for the team.