The Boston Celtics are the Green Bay Packers and New York Yankees of basketball, a storied team whose roster has boasted some of the greatest coaches and players in the game, including the incomparable Larry Bird. Founded in 1946, its first great leader was Red Auerbach, who coached players like Bob Cousy and Tommy Heinsohn in the late 1950s.

But it was the combination of Auerbach and Bill Russell, who joined the team at the tail end of 1956, that made Boston a basketball powerhouse. Russell played center on 11 championship Celtics teams, several of them as a player-coach. The Celtics also won a pair of championships in the mid-1970s thanks to players such as Dave Cowens and John “Hondo” Havlicek, who was the series MVP in 1974.

The parquet floor at the Boston Garden was dominated in the 1980s by small forward Larry Bird and teammates Robert Parrish at center and Kevin McHale in the power forward position. The team got superstar support off the bench in 1986, when Bill Walton helped out at center, but the major attraction of the late 1980s and early 1990s was the rivalry between Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Remember the ABA

Remember the ABA

Remember the ABA chronicles the colorful history of the NBA’s short-lived competitor, the American Basketball Ass… [read review or visit site]

Most watched eBay auctions    

Authentic Boston Celtics Antoine Walker Game Used Jersey Jordan Procut Kobe 50+42012-13 Larry Bird Immaculate Game Worn Jersey Patch Auto 22/25 Celtics2014-15 New York Knicks Game Used Jersey Tim Hardaway Jr @celtics SteinerLarry Bird Boston Celtics Ud Legends Master Collection Auto #ll2 Psa 10 Gem Mint2008-09 Upper Deck Ud Black Paul Pierce Auto 19/35 Boston Celtics2013-14 Larry Bird Immaculate Hall Of Fame Heroes Autograph 03/49 Celtics2007-08 Ud Premier Octographs Auto Celtics 1/1 Bird Pierce Garnett RussellBill Russell - Hall Of Fame Boston Celtic - Authentic Autographed JerseyCeltic Fc.vintage Scarf And Childs Neck Tie 1960's Or 1970's.good Condition,rareBill Russell - Hall Of Fame Boston Celtic - Authentic Autographed 16x20 Photo2004-05 Ultimate Signatures Larry Bird Boston Celtics Hof Auto1951 Scottish League Cup Semi Final Rangers V Celtic2014-15 Panini Immaculate Dual Memorabilia Larry Bird Celtics Patch 7/10 Ssp1961-62 Fleer Bob Cousy Boston Celtics #10 Nm-mt Hi-grade2013 Ud All Time Greats Larry Bird Signatures Auto /33 Bgs 8.5/10 CelticsVtg Boston Celtics Warm Up Jersey Jacket Sandknit Medalist Shooting Shirt M 402014-15 Panini Excalibur Marcus Smart Autograph Auto Patch #ed /25 CelticsRajon Rondo Boston Celtics Series 19 Nba Mcfarlane FigureBob Cousy Boston Celtics Upper Deck Legend Epic Signatures Autographed Card #bcBoston Celtics 2014-15 Immaculate Case 5x Index Card Team Break 14/15 PaniniRare Football Postcard - Belfast Celtic (possibly ?) Circa 1910-19121951 Scottish Cup Final Celtic V Motherwell2014-15 Preferred Marcus Smart Silhouettes Rookie Patch Auto /99 CelticsBill Russell Boston Celtics 2008 Topps Signature Autographed Card #tsabruNba Boston Celtics Hardwood Classics Vintgae Mitchell & Ness Jersey Size 60 # 6Starter Boston Celtics Jacket Medium2013-14 Panini Flawless Basketball Bill Russell Authentic Sapphire 9/10 Celtics1999 Topps Paul Pierce Auto Boston CelticsNwt Boston Celtics Larry Bird White Sewn Jersey Xl1986-87 Fleer Basketball #9 Larry Bird Boston Celtics Hof Bgs 9 Mint W/ 9.5Lakers Celtics 2012-13 Preferred Finals Jersey Booklet #110/199 Kobe/pierce/kg++2010 Panini Classics Significant Signatures Bill Russell Auto 50/50 Celtics HofLot 3 Paul Pierce Celtics 1998-99 Topps Chrome Rookies Black Refractor Rc /99 J5Sealed Star 1985 Set Of 12 Celtics One Owner - Mint ConditionBoston Celtics #33 Larry Bird Autograph/signed $1 Dollar Federal Reserve NoteRobert Parish Signed Auto Boston Celtics Green Stat Jersey Jsa Autographed(6) 1980-81 Topps Basketball Larry Bird Rookie Card (rc) Lot Of 6 Celtics Nm-mtVtg Paul Pierce Boston Celtics Sewn Jersey Nike Nba Basketball Youth MediumPaul Pierce 2014-15 Preferred Jersey Booklet #40/99 Champs 07-08 Celtics 6pcBill Russell - Hall Of Fame Boston Celtic - Authentic Autographed 8x10 PhotoCeltic (scotland) Football Shirt - Away 2013 - By Nike Lot Of (7) 1988 Fleer Basketball #9 Larry Bird Hof Boston Celtics Psa 9 Mint1981-82 Topps Larry Bird #4 Bgs 8.5 Nm-mt+ Boston Celtics 2nd Year 1982Kelly Olynyk 2014 15 Panini Select Celtics Gold Prizm Auto Autograph 3/10Larry Bird Jersey Refractor Gold Game Used Card Lot Boston CelticsLarry Bird Signed Autographed Boston Celtics Custom Jersey W/ GaiSubbuteo H/w Team 25 CelticVintage Umbro Glasgow Celtic Football Shirt Jersey Scotland Home Rare 95-97 M2004 Topps M3 Paul Pierce Auto Boston Celtics1969 - 1970 Topps John Havlicek Boston Celtics #20 Basketball Card1986 Fleer Basketball #9 Larry Bird Hof Boston Celtics Sgc 92 Nm/mt+ 8.5Celtics, 76ers, & Lakers Vintage Nba Rubber Fridge Magnets Standings Board2013-14 Panini Totally Certified Jason Terry Auto 10/10 Celtics2001-02 Topps Pristine Refractor Joe Johnson Auto Boston Celtics1980-81 Topps Larry Bird Magic Johnson #6 Rookie Card Julius Erving CelticsBoston Celtics Bird / Parish / Mchale Autographed Mini Basketball W/coaSam Jones 13-14 Panini Gold Standard Black Gold Threads Jersey #22 Celtics 1/102009 Topps Signature Paul Pierce Boston Celtics Signed Auto 627/19992013-14 Panini Select Kevin Mchale Signatures Green Auto #1/5 Autograph CelticsJames Young 2014-15 Select Gold Prizm /10 Refractor Rookie Card Sp Celtics Rc