Dynasty: Auerbach, Cousy, Havlicek, Russell, and the Rise of the Boston Celtics

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In the spring of 1957 the Boston Celtics, led by coach Red Auerbach, won a National Basketball Association championship for the first time. Auerbach had been building the team throughout the 1950s but was still missing what he considered an essential piece—a single player in the middle who could hoist the team on his shoulders by doing the dirty work of rebounding and playing defense. That player was Bill Russell.

By blending unselfish yet talented players into a roster led by ...

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Overview

In the spring of 1957 the Boston Celtics, led by coach Red Auerbach, won a National Basketball Association championship for the first time. Auerbach had been building the team throughout the 1950s but was still missing what he considered an essential piece—a single player in the middle who could hoist the team on his shoulders by doing the dirty work of rebounding and playing defense. That player was Bill Russell.

By blending unselfish yet talented players into a roster led by Russell’s unconquerable will, Auerbach and the Celtics put together an unprecedented run of championships rarely challenged before or since in team sports. Between 1957 and 1969, Boston won eleven titles in thirteen seasons. Only when Russell retired did the era of dominance end.

Written by Lew Freedman, an award-winning veteran sportswriter who personally witnessed many of the Celtics’ antics and special moments over the years, Dynasty is a celebration of the basketball team Auerbach melded into one of the greatest franchises in NBA history.

Freedman grew up attending Celtics games, from his first game as a boy in 1960 he befriended the players and the team management as an adult. In Dynasty, he draws on dozens of interviews as well as courtside observation to reveal dramatic moments both on and off the floor.

Half a century after the Celtics’ legendary first championship, here is a riveting behind-the-scenes account of one of sports’ greatest franchises—a terrific book about a vibrant sports town, the greatest players in basketball, and one of professional basketball’s best and most beloved teams.

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In sports, "dynasty" is a term easily coined and frequently used, but the 1957-1969 Boston Celtics of Coach Red Auerbach qualify by any standard. In fact, during those thirteen years, those basketball behemoths won the N.B.A. eleven times. Lew Freedman's new paperback original narrative achieves what Celtics fans yearn for: the exciting revival of their home team's hard court dominance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762773565
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 943,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lew Freedman is the author of thirty books, including Stadium Stories: Chicago Bears and The Way We Were New England (both Globe Pequot Press) as well as LeBron James: A Biography. A former sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune, he has won more than 250 journalism awards.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction: Me and the Celtics vii

1 Raw Beginnings 1

2 A Man Named Red 8

3 Beloved Bob Cousy 16

4 The NBA's First Black Player 24

5 Building a Team 32

6 Wild Days in the Early NBA 40

7 A Big Man Will Provide 52

8 A Title for Boston 60

9 Dynasty Detoured 66

10 New Faces Adopt the Celtics Way 73

11 The Best Sixth Man in Basketball 79

12 No Black or White on Celtics 88

13 Rivals Rising 101

14 NBA Growing Pains 112

15 Wilt versus Russell 124

16 Celtic Unity Amid American Divisions 141

17 Cousy Rides Into the Sunset 153

18 He Shoots, He Jokes 160

19 Celtics Age, but Don't Fade Away 168

20 Red Retires 177

21 Havlicek Steals the Ball 185

22 The First Black Coach and More Titles 193

23 Russell Goes and So Does the Dynasty 204

Epilogue: Celtic Pride 212

Sources 218

Index 224

About the Author 230

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