More than thirty interviewees are featured in this iconic book. Hall-of-Famer Bob Cousy recalls the turmoil of the fifties, as the franchise struggled to get its footing and the nation faced the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. K. C. Jones and Clyde Lovellette narrate the glory of the Bill Russell era, as Russell himself remembers his time as a Celtic. Celebrated players John Havlicek and Dave Cowens relate the ups and downs of the psychedelic seventies, when the team won two national titles, only to collapse at the end of the decade. The epic eighties Celtics-Lakers rivalry and the leadership of legends Larry Bird and Magic Johnson is told by teammates Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson, and Nate Archibald, and rivals Julius Erving and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Former Celtics honor the legacy of Reggie Lewis and relay the dark days after his untimely passing in 1993, and the revival of the Celtics under the guidance of Paul Pierce and Brad Stevens in the 2000s.
Also featuring interviews by notable Boston natives such as Michael Dukakis and Mark Wahlberg, The Boston Celtics is the ultimate history of one of the NBA's greatest franchises.
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SubtitleLarry Bird, Bob Cousy, Red Auerbach, and Other Legends Recall Great Moments in Celtics History
AuthorBy Michael D. McClellan, Foreword by Jan Volk
Published6 November 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
Illustrationscolor photo insert.
About the author
Michael D. McClellan is a lifelong Celtics fan and cofounder of the wildly popular blog Celtic-Nation.com. He is also the author of Boston Celtics: Where Have You Gone?. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
A native of Davenport, Iowa, Jan Volk graduated from Colby College in 1968 and received his doctoral degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1971. Passing the Massachusetts Bar Exam in June of 1971, he began full-time employment with the Celtics.
In his 26 years with the Celtics, the last 13 as General Manager (succeeding the legendary Red Aurebach), Volk was part of five NBA World Championship teams (1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, and 1986). He was an instrumental figure in molding teams which from 1979 through 1996 collected ten Atlantic Division titles, five Eastern Conference crowns, and three NBA Championships. During his Celtics tenure, Volk was responsible for the acquisition, contractual negotiation, and ultimate signing of all Celtics players.
Volk has taught "The Business of Sports" at Tufts University since 1998 and operates a college sports action photography company. He lives in Wayland Massachusetts with his wife, Lissa.