Throughout his 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, Larry Bird was the embodiment of work ethic, consistency and excellence. He thrived in all aspects of his basketball career: scoring, passing, defending, rebounding…and just being clutch.
Aside from leading the Celtics to three NBA titles and 10 Atlantic Division wins, Bird racked up a ridiculous list of personal honors and achievements: he was only the third player (first non-center) to win three consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards, was a 12-time All Star, a nine-time member of the All-NBA First Team and also led the league in free-throw percentage four times throughout his career.
Hands down, one of the most memorable moments of Larry Bird’s career occurred on March 12, 1985, when he set a new franchise record and scored 60 points against the Atlanta Hawks. Words cannot describe this awesome shooting display, so whether you call him Larry Legend, The Great White Hope or The Hick from French Lick… sit back and enjoy the show!
Oh by the way, after watching the video, this jersey should look familiar…it’s one of our favorites…
...sitting courtside at the Cavaliers vs.Celtics NBA season opener. You two are living the life. Great Mitchell & Ness track jackets and great seats to a great game. We don't know you, but we kind of wish we did.
On this date in history, May 14, 1981, the Boston Celtics won their 14th NBA Championship.
The six game series against the Houston Rockets, featuring Moses Malone, was surprising for a couple of reasons, primarily because Houston was in the series at all. The Del Harris coached Rockets entered the playoffs with the worst regular season record of all 12 playoff teams (40 - 42). Needless to say, nobody thought they'd fight their way into the NBA Finals. Once they made it in to the championship round, most thought a Celtics sweep was inevitable, except the Rockets of course.
Game one went to the Celtics. That game will be a part of NBA history forever , not so much because of the outcome, but because it featured one of Larry Bird's greatest moments. Watch the clip below where you'll see this moment captured as Bird's #1 playoff moment of all time. The picture is a hint, but watch the clip for the real thing.
Game two went to the Rockets 92 - 90. The Celts blew out the Rockets in Houston 94 - 71 to take game three. Game four to Houston at home 91 - 86. Game five was back in Boston with the Celtics in another blowout, 109 - 80. The sixth and final game was in Houston with the boys in green topping the Rockets 102 - 91. The inevitable ultimately happened, but the Rockets made sure that it was a series to be remembered.
Celtics 1980 - 81 Championship Roster
Coach: Bill Fitch