Frank Ramsey: Seven Titles, One Ring

Frank Ramsey was a Hall of Fame forward on the Boston Celtics in the '50s and '60s, an era when Bill Russell ruled in the paint and the Celtics won 11 NBA titles in 13 years.


Gerald Greeeeeen


Readers of this blog no doubt will recall a three-week stretch (Ok, I realize it felt like three months) where I posted articles  about what Gerald Green has been doing since being dealt for the Big Ticket in July of 2007. These articles include a series of posts where Gerald Green was unstoppable on offense, developed a passion to play defense for Pat Riley's Heat, and earned a post-graduate degree from the school of hard knocks after being cut, benched, and relegated to an overseas afterthought.

Michael Cooper v. Kevin McHale

MICHAEL COOPER IS 6 FEET 7 inches tall, with long, thin legs, a narrow waist and an upper body that fans out like a V into a pair of shoulders so acutely angular they might be supported by a crossbeam. Cooper running at full speed is a picture of graceful efficiency: He seems simply to glide, feet never touching the ground. When he jumps, we're talking serious levitation. Like a Mirage jet, he is built to soar.

Kevin McHale is 6 feet 10 inches tall, most of it elbows and knees. His running motion - head thrown back, arms churning, feet clomping - is an exercise in locomotion that belies considerable speed. With his shaggy black hair, sad eyes and quick, gentle smile, McHale recalls a favorite English teacher.


Ramsey Inducted


May 4, 1982

Frank Ramsey, who during his nine-year playing career with the Boston Celtics became one of the NBA's most celebrated "sixth men," was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame here yesterday.

Ramsey become the fifth Celtic player (the others are Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman and Ed Macauley) in the Hall. In addition, four nonplaying Celtics are members, Walter Brown, Red Auerbach, Honey Russell and Doggie Julian.

Along with Ramsey, three other former NBA players were enshrined - Willis Reed of the New York Knicks, Slater Martin of the Minneapolis Lakers and St. Louis Hawks, and Hal Greer of the Syracuse Nationals and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Outside the player ranks, coach Clarence (Big House) Gaines of Winston- Salem State; Alva Duer, a valued contributor to amateur basketball, who is known as Mr. NAIA; and the late Everett Case, who coached 19 years at North Carolina State, also were inducted.

The John Bunn Award for outstanding contributions to basketball went to Danny Biasone, who as owner of the Syracuse Nats revolutionized the pro game in 1954 by persuading the other owners to institute the 24-second clock.

Making the presentation to Ramsey was his close friend and former University of Kentucky roommate, Cliff Hagan, once of the St. Louis Hawks and also a Hall of Famer. Ramsey captained the Kentucky team that won the 1954 NCAA championship under coach Adolph Rupp.

"It was Red (Auerbach) who did it, he's the one who was responsible for making me the sixth man," said Ramsey, 50, now in the farming and banking business in Madisonville, Ky. "It just developed that way. I wasn't good enough to start with players like Bill Sharman and Bob Cousy in the backcourt and Tommy Heinsohn up front.

"But I loved my role," Ramsey said. "When our guys got tired, I went in. By just sitting on the bench, I got a chance to see how the flow of the game was going and I knew what to do when Red sent me in."


Larry and Magic multiple posts


It was starry and symmetrical; the kind of celebrity ball you expect when these rosters clash.

Relatively speaking, there was little at stake. When the Lakers and Celtics last met, it was 95 degrees outside and the teams were playing for rings, banners and an invite to President Reagan's Rose Garden.

Last night was different. On the coldest day in the dead of winter, the Celtics were playing to hold onto a share of first place, while the Lakers sought to avert their first three-game losing streak in two years.


Cowens and Tree Rollins Ejected for First Period Fisticuffs

January 12, 1980

Hubie Brown shook up his starting lineup in the last Atlanta game, and the result was a 111-107 victory over Cleveland. He inserted center Wayne (Tree) Rollins, forward Tom McMillen and guard Charlie Criss at the expense of Steve Hawes, John Drew and Armond Hill, with the following explanation:


Bird Named Player of the Month

February 3, 1982

Well, you know, he was kinda hard to ignore.

Larry Bird played 14 games in January, not including the All-Star Game, where he was the MVP. He averaged 26.9 points, 12.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.9 steals. He scored 40 points once and had over 30 on five other occasions.

So it did not exactly come as a complete shock when Bird was named yesterday as the NBA Player of the Month, beating out Gus Williams, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, Alex English, Jay Vincent and John Long, most of whom should be immensely pleased just to be named in the same paragraph as Larry Bird, when it comes to discussing quality basketball players.-

Which brings us to last night's game. The Bird stat line reads 43 minutes, 26 points (8-for-19 from the floor), 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and zero turnovers. It sounds nice, but what it added up to was a so-so Bird performance, a routine earn-the-paychec k night's work that nonetheless represented an achievement that could not have been matched for impact on the game by 95 percent of the game's players.


A 2008 Thank You

April 2008

With one more game to go in the regular season, the team will do it's best to stay interested. Rivers has stressed to his team on a regular basis, "don't get bored with the process," and for the most part, they've been able to do just that. But with the best record in the league, and home court clinched throughout the playoffs, well, understandably, it got a bit tough to keep guys focused. "They've been phenomenal. I think they got bored the last week with the process, there's no doubt about that. Really, [it was] tough the last couple of weeks trying to keep them interested," Rivers conceded. "We've set little private goals for each game just to keep them interested. But they're ready to play meaningful games, I can tell you that."

--Boston Herald

All of us want to see banner number 17 fly next season, and all of us will be extremely disappointed if it doesn't.

But let's be honest. The last eight months have been a blast. It's the most fun we've had as Celtics fans since 1986. If we do win it all this year, it is unlikely that subsequent title pursuits will be as joyous as this one.

The 22-year wait has been long and painful, while the turnaround has been sudden and breathtaking. It’s as if a terminally ill loved-one came out of coma and immediately picked up where they left off when last healthy.

Any additional title pursuits in the Garnett Era simply won’t be cast against the same backdrop.

So I want to give thanks to those who have been responsible for throwing this great party. We’ve paid homage to the Celtics players every day here since the KG trade was announced.

Now it’s time to give thanks to that group of folks Bill Walton used to call "the suits."

Thanks to Danny Ainge for being Kevin McHale’s best friend, and having the temerity to conjure up this deal, and the tenacity to keep after it until it became a reality.

Thanks to Wycliffe Grousbeck and ownership for spending the money to fill-in the roster and make this the deepest Celtics team in a long, long time.

Thanks to Doc Rivers for bringing the team together so quickly, keeping them aiming high without burning them out, and for continuing to motivate them over the last two weeks.

As I stated yesterday, 66 wins is an important milestone. From the email I received, I know I'm not alone in thinking that. This team deserved a special place in Celtics history, and now it has one, even if that special place ends up being confined to the regular season only. Media types are also taking notice of the 66 wins, some even predicting a Celtics steamroll through the playoffs.

As we get ready to close the deal, let's not forget what we've accomplished to date.

--Finished season on 25-4 run after starting 29-3 (one game below .900)

--Finished season fifty games over .500

--66 regular season wins is third most in Celtics history

--Biggest single-season turnaround in league history

--Largest average margin of victory

--Second fewest points-per game allowed (Detroit beat us out)

--Lowest field-goal percentage allowed

--Lowest three-point percentage allowed

--Fewest points in the paint allowed

--Second fewest assists allowed per game

--Season sweeps over the Lakers, Spurs, Dallas, and Houston


Hubie Brown to Players: Take Down Cowens

January 12, 1980


The Celtics traded the Atlanta Hawks Dave Cowens for Tree Rollins following a first period brawl between the two centers and it made no difference to the home team at all, as Boston ground out a 108-93 triumph over the visitors before another capacity crowd of 15,320 at the Garden last night.


Garnett's Game-Face Getting Attention

KG's Rookie Season

There was still more than an hour left before Kevin Garnett's first regular-season NBA game in his new home arena, and he already looked unhappy about it. He didn't look 19 years old, either. Not with that scowl. Trying hard to concentrate on Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, and, like his teammates, peeved by the Wolves' 0-2 start on the road, Garnett wasn't talking.


Unlike Fitch, KC Jones May Actually Use Employee #8

1983-84 Boston Celtics

He was an extra piece of cord wood stacked against the kitchen wall. He was hot fudge you didn't need on top of your favorite ice cream. When the Celtics acquired Scott Wedman last January, the league-wide question was, "What are they going to do with him?" The answer turned out to be, "Nothing." As the Celtics staggered and snarled toward their stunning no-show sweep in Milwaukee, Wedman pined away on the end of the bench wondering why Boston had bothered to trade for him.


Celtics Sweep Four Games from Lakers in NBAX

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1983-84 Boston Celtics

The final tuneup proved to be the highlight of the Celtics' 1983-84 exhibition schedule. Returning to this fertile land that yielded Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn and others, the Celtics overcame a 12-point third-quarter deficit and beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-100, at the Centrum last night.


Easy Ed in retirement

ED MACAULEY SOLD HIS INTERESTS IN A cable television venture in St. Louis a few years back and deiced to retire. He wanted to spend more time with is wife of almost 50 years, Jackie, their seven kids, and 17 grandchildren.


Game EZ ED won't forget

WHEN WE REACHED THE finals of the 1948 National Invitational Tournament, I'm sure there were a lot of people around the country saying, "St. Louis University? I didn't know they had a team. I've never heard of them."


More Love for Easy Ed


Nicknamed "Easy Ed ," he was one of the first superstars for the Boston Celtics. Ed MacAuley played six seasons (1950-56) with the Celtics and was an All-Star each year. During that time, MacAuley was a member of the All-NBA first team three times and was the Most Valuable Player in the very first NBA All-Star Game played at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951.


Easy Ed at 62


He`s 62 now, retired and some 44 years removed from when his mother admonished with a presence in her voice he never forgot: ``You can go to any college you want as long as it is Catholic and in St. Louis.``


Garnett Makes Pro Debut


KG's Rookie Season

The Timberwolves are still, well, the Timberwolves. Turnarounds don't come easy for this team. As a matter of fact, nothing comes easy for the Wolves, especially victories in NBA regular-season openers. The Wolves lost another one Friday night, falling to the Sacramento Kings 95-86 at Arco Arena.

The Wolves will remember their fifth consecutive loss in season openers as one of the nights they couldn't shoot straight. Despite pulling down 17 offensive rebounds, the Wolves made only 29 of 79 shots, allowing the Kings to roll to a relatively easy victory. ``When you get as many as offensive boards as we did, you'd think we win,'' Wolves guard Terry Porter said. ``Not to take anything away from Sacramento, but if we make the shots we had, we could have had this one.''

Kevin Garnett, the first player to jump from high school to the NBA in 20 years, had eight points and one assist in his pro debut. Garnett was 4 for 4 from the floor, but few noticed in the wake of the Wolves' poor shooting.
Garnett made his regular-season debut with 5:55 left in the quarter, and scored his first points about 2 minutes later, a bank shot on a feed underneath from Gugliotta.
Garnett got even more comfortable in the second quarter, threading two nice passes during a stretch in which the Wolves outscored the Kings 7-0. He did not look overwhelmed. "Kevin handled himself very nicely," said Blair. "Kevin has a good idea of how to play."


Ed MacAuley Finished Career as Third Leading Scorer in NBA History

Ed MacAuley played six seasons (1950-56) with the Celtics and was an all star in all six seasons. Also with the Celtics, MacAuley was a member of the All-NBA first team three times and was the 1951 Most Valuable Player in the very first NBA All Star game scoring 20 points, which was played at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. He had his Celtics No. 22 retired on October 16, 1963 at the same time with Bob Cousy's No. 14. They were the first two to have their numbers retired by Boston.


EZ Ed's Belated All-Star MVP


His performance one night 47 years ago was to become a part of basketball history, but Easy Ed Macauley -- and everyone else involved -- did not know it at the time. On March 2, 1951, 20 of the best players in the 5-year-old National Basketball Association gathered in Boston for the inaugural N.B.A. All-Star Game. There was no glitzy All-Star weekend, nothing special for the fans or even for the players. But those who played at Boston Garden that night put on a show, with Macauley leading the East to a 111-94 victory and earning most valuable player honors -- eventually.


Ainge Dealt to Kings


The funny thing about it is that Danny Ainge had just begun to breathe easy again.

For weeks, he had opened newspapers around America and seen his name mentioned as this or that town's newest star. Game after game, city after city, question after question. All about coming. All about going.

"It was a little distracting," Ainge said. "I'd go to Houston and try to visualize myself as a Rocket. I'd go to Denver and try to visualize myself as a Nugget. I'd go to Utah and try to visualize myself as a Jazz."

He did not, however, spend much time visualizing himself as what he has become -- which is royalty of an odd sort. With less than 24 hours left before the trading deadline two weeks ago, Ainge figured he was on safe ground the morning the phone rang to inform him that, after seven-plus years as a Celtic, he was now a Sacramento King.

"I thought I'd survived," Ainge said last week. "With a week to go, I thought there'd be a trade, but two or three days before they did it, I thought it was pretty much a dead deal.

"It's been kind of funny lately. One day I looked around and Greg Kite was gone. Then Fred Roberts was gone. Then Bruce Hurst was gone. All the guys I hung around with. I thought, 'Man, that's pretty strange.'

"And then I was gone."

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