Founded in 1946, the Boston Celtics have been a major contender in the National Basketball Association for most of their career. The team has won more NBA Championships than any other team in the league, with 17. They also have the honor of claiming the longest championship winning streak of any professional sports team in North America. Other than their 17 championships, the team also claims 21 conference titles and 19 division titles.
Since 1995, the TD Garden has been the home of the Boston Celtics. Replacing the Boston Garden, the TD Garden has had several names since it opened. The original bank that bought the naming rights was bought out during construction, and the stadium was named after the new bank, requiring the construction crew to take out several seats and other features that had already been stamped with the old bank’s name.
So Head Coach Doc Rivers has finally succumbed to the fact that former Texas guard Avery Bradley just plays better with the starting squad than Ray Allen does. Bradley, the 19th overall draft pick of 2010, was called up from the D-League Maine Red Claws on February 7th. When Ray Allen went down, Bradley’s minutes increased and he was comfortable enough with the team to score a career high 23 points against the Washington Wizards.
When Allen returned from his injury he remained on the bench instead of going back to the starting lineup. Some circles even say that Allen requested Bradley start but after a comment before their recent win over the 76er’s one is left to wonder.
After falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in last season’s NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics haven’t so much as reloaded as they grew, by seven feet and an inch. While the signing of former Laker Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t the end all of signings, it should guarantee that should the Celtics and Lakers meet again in the Eastern Conference Finals or even the NBA Finals, Shaq will make a difference.
Head Coach Doc Rivers, who contemplated retirement due to family issues, agreed to one more year leading his squad. Is it a coincidence that the Lakers head man, Phil Jackson, who also contemplated retirement, agreed to another year soon after Coach Rivers did? We don’t think so and the buildup throughout the season for these two power-house teams to meet in the 2010/11 NBA Finals will be palpable.