The Boston Celtics are an NBA team based out of Boston, Massachusetts that plays in the Eastern Conference of the Atlantic Division. The Boston franchise was founded in 1946 as a member of the Basketball Association of America that was later absorbed in to the National Basketball Association. From its formation, it didn’t take long for the Celtics to establish themselves as the most dominant team in the league. Although dynasties have come and gone in sports, none could ever compare to the Celtics teams of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Under head coach, Red Auerbach, and with Hall of Fame legend, Bill Russell, at the helm, Boston took home an incredible nine NBA championships in just ten years, including a record-setting eight consecutive titles from 1959-1966. Bill Russell, who would retire with 11 championships in 13 seasons, was drafted second overall by the Boston Celtics in 1956. Statistically there is no more accomplished athlete in sports history than Russell, who along with 11 NBA Championships, won two NCAA Championships as well as an Olympic Gold medal in 1956.
After Auerbach retired in 1966, Bill Russell decided to take over his duties and serve as a player-coach for Boston. With Bob Cousy running the floor at point guard and Bill Russell at center, the Celtics had no problem dominating the NBA and winning league titles year after year. While the 1970’s weren’t nearly as successful as the 50’s and 60’s, the Boston Celtics still managed to win championships number 12 and 13 with the play of the legendary John Havlicek and under the leadership of head coach, Tom Heinsohn. At the end of the decade, team management made arguably the greatest basketball decision in franchise history when they decided to draft Indiana State forward, Larry Bird, with the sixth overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft. The small town Indiana kid would later go down as one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. Bird turned the Celtics back in to the perennial winners they were in the middle of the century, leading the team to five NBA Finals appearances in seven years, including three NBA championships. Larry Bird was named the MVP of the team’s 1984 and 1986 NBA Finals wins, with Cedric Maxwell taking home the honors in 1981. Bird walked away from the NBA in 1992 as a 12-time NBA All-Star, three-time MVP, and the 1986 AP Athlete of the Year. After the departure of their cornerstone player, the Celtics went through a rebuilding phase in the mid-1990’s before their newest star, Paul Pierce, would emerge. Pierce was Boston’s first round pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and immediately became a fan favorite amongst the Celtics faithful. The former Kansas star would go on to put together a number of All-Star caliber seasons before being united with fellow NBA heroes, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, to form one of the league’s first “Big Three” combos. The trio of NBA superstars led Boston to their first title win since 1987 when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals and went on the serve as the basis for a team that became a consistent postseason contender since.
Collecting Boston Celtics Memorabilia
All in all, with 17 NBA championships the Boston Celtics are not only the most winning franchise in NBA history, but the most winning team in all of professional sports. No team in the existence of the NBA has been as successful as the Boston basketball franchise. As one of the most decorated team’s in all of sports, Boston Celtics memorabilia commemorates players that will remain iconic forever and provides some of the rarest autographed collectibles in basketball history. Take home a piece of basketball history with items signed by legends, like Bill Russell, Larry Bird, or Paul Pierce, or invest in the future of a storied franchise that looks to add another title to its collection with Rajon Rondo memorabilia. Whether you’re a die-hard Celtics fan or serious sports memorabilia collector, NBA products that feature signatures from the greatest in all of Boston sports are a treasure that will acquire a tremendous amount of value over the years.
Bill Russell Autographed Jerseys
: Bill Russell was extremely talented on both sides of the basketball. During the 1950’s centers were typically known for their offensive output. However, Russell changed the game of basketball for all big men as he specialized not only in scoring but his incredible defense and ball stopping as well. As the winningest championship player in sports history to go along with five NBA Most Valuable Player awards, Bill Russell memorabilia is an absolute must for collectors and basketball fans. Own a piece of basketball history with one of our authentic Bill Russell signed jerseys that commemorates the career of a legend. Our iconic Boston Celtics jerseys feature a rare Bill Russell autograph from the 11-time NBA champion himself, as well as unique inscriptions that pay homage to the Hall of Famer ‘s many career achievements. Whether you are looking for a jersey to honor his 1975 Hall of Fame nod or 12 NBA All-Star selections, a signed Bill Russell jersey will headline any sports room or Celtics collection.
Larry Bird Autographed Basketballs
: Larry Bird, often referred to as “The Hick from French Lick”, is arguably the greatest player in the rich history of the Boston Celtics and honorably so. The former Indiana State superstar absolutely dominated the court in the 1980’s as the centerpiece of the Celtics lineup, leading the team to three NBA championships and winning the league’s MVP Award three times. Take home a piece of NBA history with an authentic Larry Bird signed basketball to honor his Hall of Fame legacy. A ball is a headlining piece for any sports memorabilia collection, but a Larry Bird autographed basketball adds historic value as an item that represents the career of a man that shaped the future of the game. Any ball with a Larry Bird autograph that you choose to add to your dedicated sports collection, will forever remain highly valued as the Hall of Famer has cemented his legacy as one of basketball’s all-time greats.
Paul Pierce Autographed Photos
: NBA forward, Paul Pierce is one of the best athletes in Boston Celtics history and an eternal fan favorite in Bean Town. “The Truth” spent 15 years with the Celtics, where he was named to ten NBA All-Star Games and helped Boston win their 17th NBA Finals championship to solidify his place among the greatest to play the game. Commemorate the phenomenal play of this unforgettable All-Star with authentic Paul Pierce signed photos that preserve every iconic dunk and jump shot he ever made in a Celtics uniform. With the dozens of autographed Paul Pierce photos to choose from, NBA fans and sports memorabilia collectors can relive some of the greatest moments in Pierce’s career, like being names the NBA Finals MVP or joining the Celtics 20,000 Points Club. Whichever Paul Pierce signed photo you select for your collection, proudly display your favorite NBA moments and prove that you’re the ultimate Paul Pierce fan and the Boston Celtics.
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