4.24.2017

Ramsey Inducted

 

May 4, 1982

Frank Ramsey, who during his nine-year playing career with the Boston Celtics became one of the NBA's most celebrated "sixth men," was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame here yesterday.

Ramsey become the fifth Celtic player (the others are Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman and Ed Macauley) in the Hall. In addition, four nonplaying Celtics are members, Walter Brown, Red Auerbach, Honey Russell and Doggie Julian.

Along with Ramsey, three other former NBA players were enshrined - Willis Reed of the New York Knicks, Slater Martin of the Minneapolis Lakers and St. Louis Hawks, and Hal Greer of the Syracuse Nationals and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Outside the player ranks, coach Clarence (Big House) Gaines of Winston- Salem State; Alva Duer, a valued contributor to amateur basketball, who is known as Mr. NAIA; and the late Everett Case, who coached 19 years at North Carolina State, also were inducted.

The John Bunn Award for outstanding contributions to basketball went to Danny Biasone, who as owner of the Syracuse Nats revolutionized the pro game in 1954 by persuading the other owners to institute the 24-second clock.

Making the presentation to Ramsey was his close friend and former University of Kentucky roommate, Cliff Hagan, once of the St. Louis Hawks and also a Hall of Famer. Ramsey captained the Kentucky team that won the 1954 NCAA championship under coach Adolph Rupp.

"It was Red (Auerbach) who did it, he's the one who was responsible for making me the sixth man," said Ramsey, 50, now in the farming and banking business in Madisonville, Ky. "It just developed that way. I wasn't good enough to start with players like Bill Sharman and Bob Cousy in the backcourt and Tommy Heinsohn up front.

"But I loved my role," Ramsey said. "When our guys got tired, I went in. By just sitting on the bench, I got a chance to see how the flow of the game was going and I knew what to do when Red sent me in."

4.23.2017

Larry and Magic multiple posts

1/17/1985

It was starry and symmetrical; the kind of celebrity ball you expect when these rosters clash.

Relatively speaking, there was little at stake. When the Lakers and Celtics last met, it was 95 degrees outside and the teams were playing for rings, banners and an invite to President Reagan's Rose Garden.

Last night was different. On the coldest day in the dead of winter, the Celtics were playing to hold onto a share of first place, while the Lakers sought to avert their first three-game losing streak in two years.

4.22.2017

Cowens and Tree Rollins Ejected for First Period Fisticuffs



January 12, 1980

Hubie Brown shook up his starting lineup in the last Atlanta game, and the result was a 111-107 victory over Cleveland. He inserted center Wayne (Tree) Rollins, forward Tom McMillen and guard Charlie Criss at the expense of Steve Hawes, John Drew and Armond Hill, with the following explanation:

4.21.2017

Bird Named Player of the Month



February 3, 1982

Well, you know, he was kinda hard to ignore.

Larry Bird played 14 games in January, not including the All-Star Game, where he was the MVP. He averaged 26.9 points, 12.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.9 steals. He scored 40 points once and had over 30 on five other occasions.

So it did not exactly come as a complete shock when Bird was named yesterday as the NBA Player of the Month, beating out Gus Williams, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, Alex English, Jay Vincent and John Long, most of whom should be immensely pleased just to be named in the same paragraph as Larry Bird, when it comes to discussing quality basketball players.-

Which brings us to last night's game. The Bird stat line reads 43 minutes, 26 points (8-for-19 from the floor), 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and zero turnovers. It sounds nice, but what it added up to was a so-so Bird performance, a routine earn-the-paychec k night's work that nonetheless represented an achievement that could not have been matched for impact on the game by 95 percent of the game's players.

4.20.2017

A 2008 Thank You



April 2008

With one more game to go in the regular season, the team will do it's best to stay interested. Rivers has stressed to his team on a regular basis, "don't get bored with the process," and for the most part, they've been able to do just that. But with the best record in the league, and home court clinched throughout the playoffs, well, understandably, it got a bit tough to keep guys focused. "They've been phenomenal. I think they got bored the last week with the process, there's no doubt about that. Really, [it was] tough the last couple of weeks trying to keep them interested," Rivers conceded. "We've set little private goals for each game just to keep them interested. But they're ready to play meaningful games, I can tell you that."

--Boston Herald

All of us want to see banner number 17 fly next season, and all of us will be extremely disappointed if it doesn't.

But let's be honest. The last eight months have been a blast. It's the most fun we've had as Celtics fans since 1986. If we do win it all this year, it is unlikely that subsequent title pursuits will be as joyous as this one.

The 22-year wait has been long and painful, while the turnaround has been sudden and breathtaking. It’s as if a terminally ill loved-one came out of coma and immediately picked up where they left off when last healthy.

Any additional title pursuits in the Garnett Era simply won’t be cast against the same backdrop.

So I want to give thanks to those who have been responsible for throwing this great party. We’ve paid homage to the Celtics players every day here since the KG trade was announced.

Now it’s time to give thanks to that group of folks Bill Walton used to call "the suits."

Thanks to Danny Ainge for being Kevin McHale’s best friend, and having the temerity to conjure up this deal, and the tenacity to keep after it until it became a reality.

Thanks to Wycliffe Grousbeck and ownership for spending the money to fill-in the roster and make this the deepest Celtics team in a long, long time.

Thanks to Doc Rivers for bringing the team together so quickly, keeping them aiming high without burning them out, and for continuing to motivate them over the last two weeks.

As I stated yesterday, 66 wins is an important milestone. From the email I received, I know I'm not alone in thinking that. This team deserved a special place in Celtics history, and now it has one, even if that special place ends up being confined to the regular season only. Media types are also taking notice of the 66 wins, some even predicting a Celtics steamroll through the playoffs.

As we get ready to close the deal, let's not forget what we've accomplished to date.

--Finished season on 25-4 run after starting 29-3 (one game below .900)

--Finished season fifty games over .500

--66 regular season wins is third most in Celtics history

--Biggest single-season turnaround in league history

--Largest average margin of victory

--Second fewest points-per game allowed (Detroit beat us out)

--Lowest field-goal percentage allowed

--Lowest three-point percentage allowed

--Fewest points in the paint allowed

--Second fewest assists allowed per game

--Season sweeps over the Lakers, Spurs, Dallas, and Houston

4.19.2017

Hubie Brown to Players: Take Down Cowens



January 12, 1980

CELTICS ROLL WITH PUNCHES TO 108-93 WIN


The Celtics traded the Atlanta Hawks Dave Cowens for Tree Rollins following a first period brawl between the two centers and it made no difference to the home team at all, as Boston ground out a 108-93 triumph over the visitors before another capacity crowd of 15,320 at the Garden last night.

4.18.2017

Garnett's Game-Face Getting Attention



KG's Rookie Season
11/8/1995


There was still more than an hour left before Kevin Garnett's first regular-season NBA game in his new home arena, and he already looked unhappy about it. He didn't look 19 years old, either. Not with that scowl. Trying hard to concentrate on Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, and, like his teammates, peeved by the Wolves' 0-2 start on the road, Garnett wasn't talking.

4.17.2017

Unlike Fitch, KC Jones May Actually Use Employee #8



1983-84 Boston Celtics
Pre-season

He was an extra piece of cord wood stacked against the kitchen wall. He was hot fudge you didn't need on top of your favorite ice cream. When the Celtics acquired Scott Wedman last January, the league-wide question was, "What are they going to do with him?" The answer turned out to be, "Nothing." As the Celtics staggered and snarled toward their stunning no-show sweep in Milwaukee, Wedman pined away on the end of the bench wondering why Boston had bothered to trade for him.

4.16.2017

Celtics Sweep Four Games from Lakers in NBAX

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1983-84 Boston Celtics
Preseason

The final tuneup proved to be the highlight of the Celtics' 1983-84 exhibition schedule. Returning to this fertile land that yielded Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn and others, the Celtics overcame a 12-point third-quarter deficit and beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-100, at the Centrum last night.

4.15.2017

Easy Ed in retirement



ED MACAULEY SOLD HIS INTERESTS IN A cable television venture in St. Louis a few years back and deiced to retire. He wanted to spend more time with is wife of almost 50 years, Jackie, their seven kids, and 17 grandchildren.

4.14.2017

Game EZ ED won't forget

WHEN WE REACHED THE finals of the 1948 National Invitational Tournament, I'm sure there were a lot of people around the country saying, "St. Louis University? I didn't know they had a team. I've never heard of them."

4.13.2017

More Love for Easy Ed

 

Nicknamed "Easy Ed ," he was one of the first superstars for the Boston Celtics. Ed MacAuley played six seasons (1950-56) with the Celtics and was an All-Star each year. During that time, MacAuley was a member of the All-NBA first team three times and was the Most Valuable Player in the very first NBA All-Star Game played at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951.

4.11.2017

Easy Ed at 62

 

He`s 62 now, retired and some 44 years removed from when his mother admonished with a presence in her voice he never forgot: ``You can go to any college you want as long as it is Catholic and in St. Louis.``

4.10.2017

Garnett Makes Pro Debut

 

KG's Rookie Season
11/4/1995


The Timberwolves are still, well, the Timberwolves. Turnarounds don't come easy for this team. As a matter of fact, nothing comes easy for the Wolves, especially victories in NBA regular-season openers. The Wolves lost another one Friday night, falling to the Sacramento Kings 95-86 at Arco Arena.

The Wolves will remember their fifth consecutive loss in season openers as one of the nights they couldn't shoot straight. Despite pulling down 17 offensive rebounds, the Wolves made only 29 of 79 shots, allowing the Kings to roll to a relatively easy victory. ``When you get as many as offensive boards as we did, you'd think we win,'' Wolves guard Terry Porter said. ``Not to take anything away from Sacramento, but if we make the shots we had, we could have had this one.''

Kevin Garnett, the first player to jump from high school to the NBA in 20 years, had eight points and one assist in his pro debut. Garnett was 4 for 4 from the floor, but few noticed in the wake of the Wolves' poor shooting.
Garnett made his regular-season debut with 5:55 left in the quarter, and scored his first points about 2 minutes later, a bank shot on a feed underneath from Gugliotta.
Garnett got even more comfortable in the second quarter, threading two nice passes during a stretch in which the Wolves outscored the Kings 7-0. He did not look overwhelmed. "Kevin handled himself very nicely," said Blair. "Kevin has a good idea of how to play."

4.09.2017

Ed MacAuley Finished Career as Third Leading Scorer in NBA History



Ed MacAuley played six seasons (1950-56) with the Celtics and was an all star in all six seasons. Also with the Celtics, MacAuley was a member of the All-NBA first team three times and was the 1951 Most Valuable Player in the very first NBA All Star game scoring 20 points, which was played at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. He had his Celtics No. 22 retired on October 16, 1963 at the same time with Bob Cousy's No. 14. They were the first two to have their numbers retired by Boston.

4.08.2017

EZ Ed's Belated All-Star MVP

 

His performance one night 47 years ago was to become a part of basketball history, but Easy Ed Macauley -- and everyone else involved -- did not know it at the time. On March 2, 1951, 20 of the best players in the 5-year-old National Basketball Association gathered in Boston for the inaugural N.B.A. All-Star Game. There was no glitzy All-Star weekend, nothing special for the fans or even for the players. But those who played at Boston Garden that night put on a show, with Macauley leading the East to a 111-94 victory and earning most valuable player honors -- eventually.

4.07.2017

Ainge Dealt to Kings




SACRAMENTO, Calif.

The funny thing about it is that Danny Ainge had just begun to breathe easy again.

For weeks, he had opened newspapers around America and seen his name mentioned as this or that town's newest star. Game after game, city after city, question after question. All about coming. All about going.

"It was a little distracting," Ainge said. "I'd go to Houston and try to visualize myself as a Rocket. I'd go to Denver and try to visualize myself as a Nugget. I'd go to Utah and try to visualize myself as a Jazz."

He did not, however, spend much time visualizing himself as what he has become -- which is royalty of an odd sort. With less than 24 hours left before the trading deadline two weeks ago, Ainge figured he was on safe ground the morning the phone rang to inform him that, after seven-plus years as a Celtic, he was now a Sacramento King.

"I thought I'd survived," Ainge said last week. "With a week to go, I thought there'd be a trade, but two or three days before they did it, I thought it was pretty much a dead deal.

"It's been kind of funny lately. One day I looked around and Greg Kite was gone. Then Fred Roberts was gone. Then Bruce Hurst was gone. All the guys I hung around with. I thought, 'Man, that's pretty strange.'

"And then I was gone."

4.05.2017

X-Man Making Presence Felt



October 22, 1992

Xavier McDaniel appears to have resumed where he left off last season; he has been leading with his elbows and forearms during the Celtics' exhibition games. Are fists next?

"I'm not going to back down from anyone," McDaniel said. "What would you do if someone was going to hit you? I'm going to fight back."

McDaniel tangled with Charles Barkley in Phoenix and Karl Malone in Salt Lake City, despite being at a 50-pound weight disadvantage. Among other things, the matchups raise the question of whether a 205-pounder such as McDaniel should be expected to compete with the elite power forwards of basketball. McDaniel has said he is willing to fill the power forward role, but not permanently. Apparently, he will attempt to do so on his terms.

"I said I was going to play hard for 82 games," McDaniel said. "I can't guarantee anything else. I can't guarantee there won't be a shooting slump; all shooters go through slumps. But I can guarantee I will play hard all the time."

McDaniel's definition of extra effort apparently includes pushing opponents to the brink of fisticuffs and antagonizing referees.

"I'm not afraid to go to war with Karl Malone," McDaniel said. "I'm not afraid of any of them. It's all about playing hard, playing physical.

"That's the type of person I am. I'm not going to back down from Charles Barkley or anyone else. It's not personal. It's about respecting me as a player. Karl almost took it personal, but he held back."

And if Malone had not controlled himself?

"They would have sent me to the Utah jail," McDaniel said. "I'm not going to just let someone hit me. I have a right to defend myself."

McDaniel, 29, said he also cursed at official Eddie Rush, but that the expletive was uttered in the heat of battle.

"He took it personal and called four fouls on me," McDaniel said. "All I told him was to respect me as a man.

"I just have to stop fouling people and play better defense. We've got officials in the game and we have rules, so if you go over the limit, you're out. I just want to make sure we win, and I'll score points, rebound and do everything it takes to win. That is why athletes are so high-paid, because every organization wants to win the championship."

Professional franchise owners also want their highly paid players to avoid injuring themselves. The downside of a punchup is that both parties are at risk; the most graphic example in the NBA is probably the 1977 Rudy Tomjanovich-Kermit Washington brawl.

"He will play hard and I expect that some guys are not going to like being pounded by the X-Man," Celtics coach Chris Ford said. "He might force our guys to play physically as well.

"Once the regular season begins, X will know how far to push. He knows the officials and what they will call. Every night the game is officiated differently. The officials have been told to clean up the post play, and I'd like to see that for our sake.

"But I don't think red flags are going up in the NBA for the officials to look out for X. He'll adjust. It won't do anyone any good for him to get thrown out of games."

4.04.2017

Rookie Bird Making an Impact




November 1, 1979
The Bird is the word in Boston this year.

Larry Bird, the most publicized National Basketball Association rookie since, well, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, is making a big impression on his first trip around the league.

He brought his act to Piscataway Wednesday night and helped the Celtics to their seventh victory in nine games. Bird is averaging close to 19 points a game and is proving to be one of the best passing big men in the league. 

4.03.2017

Bird Follows Russell and Cowens in Transforming Celtics



December 5, 1979
Here by the filthy train trestles of North Station stands basketball's sweet Garden of sweat.

This is the home of the Boston Celtics: grean-clad keepers of the flame.

Once again, they are turning sooty, smoke-filled Boston Garden into America's least-likely gallery of fine art. Masterpieces-in-motion are once more a display.

In this Louvre of the underwear game, the third coming of the Celtics may be on its way. 

4.02.2017

Auerbach Silencing the Sceptics



December 6, 1979
Red Auerbach hardly knows where to begin. The Boston Celtic president has been so smart recently, after being told for two years how dumb he was, that even he finds it a bit disgusting.

4.01.2017

Rookie Bird Goes for 18, 12, 4, and 4



November 4, 1979
The charismatic Boston Celtics humiliated the struggling Washington Bullets for the second time in 2 1/2 weeks last night with a convincing 118-97 thrashing at Capital Centre.

The Celtics (8-2) have now won four in a row on the road.They dropped the beleaguered Bullets to 3-6.

3.31.2017

Bird and McHale Showing Some Early Signs of Chemistry



Larry Bird and rookie Kevin McHale combined for some last-minute magic last night to lift the Boston Celtics to a gutty 101-99 victory over the Bullets.

A Capital Centre crowd of 11,718, the second largest of the season, was treated to everything they could hope to see in a basketball game, but in the final analysis, it was two big shots and a block by the 6-foot-10 McHale and a great steal and a pair of baskets by Bird that made the difference.

3.30.2017

Fitch Playing 4 Bigs at a Time



November 29, 1980

The Boston Celtics, playing their big men in various combinations, overwhelmed the Knicks, 120-106, tonight before a capacity crowd of 15,320 at the Boston Garden.

Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Rick Robey, Larry Bird and Cedric Maxwell came at the Knicks in droves as the Celtics won the eighth of their last nine games and improved their season mark to 15-6. Bill Fitch, the Celtic coach, used his big men two, three and four at a time and they had one aim: pass the ball inside for layups. And they succeeded. 

3.29.2017

Ray Williams Succumbs to Cancer



March 23, 2013

Ray Williams, who reached the NBA Finals in 1985 with the Celtics, died Friday in a New York City hospice, according to his wife, Linda. He suffered a stroke Wednesday while undergoing treatment for late-stage colon cancer.

Williams, 58, an 10-year NBA veteran, led the New York Knicks in scoring over the first four years of his pro career after starring at the University of Minnesota with Kevin McHale, Mychal Thompson, and Flip Saunders.

His teammates on the 1984-85 Celtics included McHale, Larry Bird, and Robert Parish.

Williams, who averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists in his NBA career, fell on hard times later in life and was homeless in 2010 when the Globe wrote about his plight. With help from McHale and Bird, he regained his financial footing and married Linda Crawford.

Williams was living in Florida before the Knicks paid for a jet to transport him last month to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

A funeral will be scheduled in Mount Vernon, N.Y., where he grew up with his brother, Gus Williams, an NBA All-Star in the early '80s.

3.28.2017

Chris Ford Respects Marty Conlon




March 20, 1995

Coach Chris Ford said the Celtics underestimated Milwaukee's reserves, especially Marty Conlon, in yesterday's 95-94 defeat.

"One day our players will respect guys like Marty Conlon, who keep plugging away and working hard and always seem to make the big plays at the end of the game," Ford said.

Conlon scored 15 points and grabbed an offensive rebound after a miss by Glenn Robinson, allowing Robinson to score the winning basket with 12 seconds remaining in the game. 

"We have respect for them; they have a good bunch of players," Derek Strong said. "You can't go anywhere in this league and expect the other team to roll over. At the end, Martyouthustled us."

Said Eric Montross: "Conlon is not a lot of flash, but he works hard and made some big shots he would not normally make in the first half. He cooled off in the second half, but then he made some nice drives and he hit the glass. He has a habit of playing well against us."

Conlon, a former Providence College star, said: "It's not like I play like this just because it's the Celtics. I've had some good games against them, but I don't know what it is."

They were grounded

The Celtics' charter aircraft departed Los Angeles International Airport at 3:15 p.m. Saturday but returned after an hour of flying because of a malfunctioning gear box, according to a team spokesman. The plane did not take off again until 10 p.m., because of problems repairing the gear box, plus Federal Aviation Administration flight crew regulations. The aircraft finally took off with an Alaska Air Lines crew and arrived at Mitchell Field at 5:15 a.m. yesterday . . . Xavier McDaniel has recovered from sore knees but played just two minutes . . . Pervis Ellison departed after nine scoreless minutes with a sore left knee.

3.27.2017

Conlon Helping Celtics




January 7, 1997

His numbers suggest that Marty Conlon is slightly less than an NBA superstar. Nonetheless, he is there when the Celtics need him, and lately that has been every night.

3.26.2017

Celtics Sign Former Thorn in Side



Celtics Sign Former Thorn in Side

November 5, 1996

He still looks like your friendly, neighborhood altar boy who just finished science class at Archbishop Stepanic High.

3.25.2017

Pinckney has Bound in Step



Pinckney has Bound in Step

March 21, 1994

As Ed Pinckney noted, there were many rebounds to be had during the Celtics' loss to Atlanta yesterday. The problem for the Celtics, though, was that most of those rebounds were going to the Hawks.

3.24.2017

Pinckney ready when needed



May 3, 1990

Pinckney ready when needed

The guy who returns to his hometown for a playoff game has the task of finding tickets for friends and relations. And when the hometown's the largest city in the nation, the task is compounded. Seems that everyone's a friend or a relative.

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