Boston Celtics stories in the SI Vault

Of Charley Horses And Little Old Ladies By Tommy Heinsohn, October 26, 1964 With their seven basic plays and the most basic bench in years, the Boston Celtics start chasing their seventh consecutive title. Here Star Forward Tommy Heinsohn (see cover) talks about a side of pro ball that the spectators can never see.

Sportsman Of The Year: Bill Russell By George Plimpton, December 23, 1968 Bill Russell has proved his ability to lead athletes of both races -- and leadership has been an area of sport inaccessible to black men. What follows is the narrative of a day recently spent with Russell, interspersed with comments on the man by those who know him best, his fellow Celtics.

They're Replaying The Sixth Man Theme By Peter Carry, November 13, 1972 Boston has always been renowned for its supersubs. First there was Frank Ramsey. Then came John Havlicek, now a superstar. Today there is Paul Silas, who has the Celts off to a super start.

The Bearing Of The Green By Curry Kirkpatrick, April 25, 1977 Proud, confident, combative -- the Boston Celtics were all that last week, sweeping aside San Antonio and winning a big one in Philadelphia.

Gifts That God Didn't Give By John Papanek, November 09, 1981 Larry Bird was blessed with his height, but lots of work made him the NBA's most complete player since Oscar Robertson.

No Stopping 'Em By Jack McCallum, June 16, 1986 Playing with passion and brilliance, the Celtics won the NBA title with a sixth-game rout of the Rockets.

Still Going Strong By Alexander Wolff, March 11, 1991 At 37, Robert Parish is the oldest player in the NBA -- and he's playing better than ever.

Bird Watching By Jackie MacMullan, April 07, 1997 The Celtics great wants to return -- but where, and as what?

Stepping Forward By Jack McCallum, November 26, 2001 Buddies Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker are lifting Boston and fueling a debate: Which of the young frontliners is better?

Extreme Makeover By Ian Thomsen, October 29, 2007 In a span of 33 days this summer Celtics G.M. Danny Ainge pulled off two megadeals that reversed the course of his stumbling franchise, bringing together three All-Stars who have Boston thinking championship again. Here's how he did it.

Beware Boston's Big 4 By Ian Thomsen, May 31, 2010 The weak link on the Celtics' last title winner, point guard Rajon Rondo is now carrying the team toward the Finals.

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