The Boston Celtics was founded in 1946. Is a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA) at the TD Garden (shared with the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins).
Some of the best players are the big names like Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Dave Cowens and Rajon Rondo. Four Celtics (Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens and Larry Bird) have won the N.B.A. Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of ten M.V.P. awards.
Red Auerbach is a legendary Celtics head coach that combined for a 795–397 record that helped the Celtics win sixteen Championships. Before the retirement of the “Big Three”, who included Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, thanks to some creative maneuvering by Auerbach, the Celtics had drafted second overall pick Len Bias but the team fell into decline as the college star died two days after he was drafted. Later, the team suffered another tragedy when their star player Reggie Lewis died of a heart attack in his prime.
From 1957 to 1969, the Celtics dominated the league, winning eleven championships in thirteen years and eight in a row (1959–1966), the longest consecutive streak of any North American professional sports team. The Celtics dominated the league during the late 1950s and through the mid-1980s, The franchise returned to prominence during the 2007–2008 season when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined Paul Pierce as the new "Big Three," leading the team to its seventeenth championship in 2008 and an Eastern Conference title in 2010
This team have met the Lakers a record twelve times in the Finals, including their most recent appearances in 2008 and 2010, with the Celtics winning nine and Lakers winning three.
Their mascot 'Lucky the Leprechaun' is an ode to the team's Irish heritage and to Boston's historically large Irish population.