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5/07/2008 01:06:00 PM
Favorite Celtics of all time
Much to the delight of die-hard Celtics fans, Paul Pierce is finally enjoying some success.
By Andy Gray, SI.com
As the Celtics continue their quest toward title No. 17, Boston native Andy Gray looks at his five favorite Celtics of all time. Who are your favorite Celtics?
1. Tommy Heinsohn: Quite simply, the ultimate Celtic. After winning eight NBA championships as a player and two more as a coach, Heinsohn entered the announcing booth in 1981 and has been the voice to a new generation of Celtics fans. Sure, he's a homer and may argue a referee's call from time to time, but after 54 years with one organization, he's earned that right.
2. Reggie Lewis: After playing four years under Jim Calhoun at local Northeastern, Lewis helped ease the transition out of the Bird years and became the team leader until his unfortunate death in 1993. I also ran into him one time at Staples when I was 12 and attacked him like a little schoolgirl seeing Justin Timberlake. He was remarkably calm and even signed an autographed picture for me.
3. Paul Pierce: Forget everything he's done on the court in his 10 seasons with the Celtics. The guy was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck and back at a downtown bar and returned to the court a month later! Imagine how big a distraction it would be had this happened to T.O. or Derek Jeter.
4. Robert Parish: Larry Bird has received enough pats on the back for his contributions to the great Celtics teams of the 1980s. It's time to give some love to The Chief, the steady, underrated anchor of three championship teams. Not only did he play 12 seasons without changing his facial expression (a record Kenrick Perkins is currently trying to break), but he laid the smackdown on Bill Laimbeer like nobody else (take 30 seconds and watch this video.
5. Bill Russell: Has anyone had a more successful career in sports history? In his 13 NBA season, he won 11 championships (including three as player/coach), five MVP awards and an Olympic gold medal. In addition to all this, he bested longtime rival Wilt Chamberlainby marrying a former Miss USA. Quality over quantity, Wilt.
Honorable Mention (Top Fan)-- Donnie Wahlberg: The Lakers have Jack Nicholson. The Knicks have Spike Lee. The Celtics have Donnie from New Kids on the Block. Sure, it's not as sexy a name, but over the past decade or so, Wahlberg has had a permanent seat in the front row of the Garden and deserves credit for sticking with the team through thick and thin.