Author: Michael McClellan

Full Throttle – The Dave Cowens Interview

The player and the teams he played on are a paradox, unfairly dismissed as a bridge between the two greatest eras in franchise history, and alternately lionized for one triumphant moment, a contest so resplendent that the league’s marketing juggernaut hails Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals as ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’.  To pigeonhole Dave Cowens and the 1970s Boston Celtics in such a way is to ...

Walter McCarty

The modern day NBA is awash with versatile big men, the kind of players who can score both inside and out, the kind of players who can battle underneath for the big rebound on one possession, and who can step behind the three-point line and knock down a long-distance trey on the next.  Dirk Nowitzki is the prototype, but there are others – think Kevin Durant and Kevin Love and you begin to get the...

Fred Roberts

The sports world has always been a star-driven universe, the imaginations of its fans fueled by extraordinary performances under pressure: Joe Montana’s precision passing in the Super Bowl, David Beckham’s creative shot-making in the World Cup, Albert Pujols’ towering home runs in the World Series. The stars sell the tickets and the jerseys, and they drive television revenue thro...

Greg Kite

There is an old saying in basketball, its originator lost to the ages, but one suspects it came moments after the legendary Wilt Chamberlain first walked on a basketball floor for Overbrook High in Philadelphia as a 7-foot freshman.  “You can’t coach size,” the saying goes, and it has yet to be disproved.  Coaches can teach you how to shoot, how to play defense, how to dribble and how to pass. The...

M.L. Carr

To a generation of Boston Celtics fans, M.L. Carr was the towel-waving agitator best remembered for antagonizing players and fans alike while teammates Larry Bird & Co. battled the Los Angeles Lakers in that epic 1984 NBA Finals.  To another generation of fans, Carr was the Celtics’ coach and general manager during some of the darkest days in franchise history, overseeing one of the team’s wor...

Running Man – The John Havlicek Interview

He was born to run, and for sixteen seasons John Havlicek was an unyielding force of perpetual motion for the Boston Celtics,breaking down defenders and NBA records alike, winning eight NBA championships first as Sixth Man extraordinaire, then as an All-Star standout in the waning years of the Russell Dynasty, and finally as an All-NBA First Team selection, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and key ...

Rick Robey

He is equal parts Kentucky royalty and NBA rank-and-file, a former blue collar big man who played for two of the most storied basketball traditions the game has ever known. How many players can say they’ve won a national championship playing for the Kentucky Wildcats, and then gone on to win an NBA crown with the Boston Celtics? Rick Robey can. He can also say that he’s won a state hig...

John Havlicek

He was born to run, and for sixteen seasons John Havlicek was an unyielding force of perpetual motion for the Boston Celtics, breaking down defenders and NBA records alike, winning eight NBA championships first as Sixth Man extraordinaire, then as an All-Star standout in the waning years of the Russell Dynasty, and finally as an All-NBA First Team selection, NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and key...

Sam Jones

Imagine:   The greatest athletic deal-closer of the twentieth century is celebrated endlessly, his name floating atop every all-time championship list and dropped into every serious debate over who has exerted the greatest influence on their sport, his close personal friendships awash in celebrity, royalty and head-of-state chutzpah.  His likeness is iconic, a symbol of championship excellence aga...

Arnie Risen

He battled George Mikan during the early days of his professional career, and he teamed with Bill Russell in its twilight, his contributions to the game obscured by basketball’s most dominant big men of the twentieth century.  Arnie Risen is understandably cool with this.  The shadows cast by Mikan and Russell swallowed their eras whole, and Risen is not alone among the forgotten.  The wooden barn...

Jerry Sichting

He was like any other Indiana schoolboy of the day, a sports junkie spending countless outside hours bouncing between the diamond, the court and the gridiron, always playing some sort of ball, the folklore in his state filled with stories of Knute Rockne and Notre Dame football, and of Bobby Plump and the miracle Milan basketball team that later inspired the movie Hoosiers, his dreams bigger than ...

Tom Heinsohn

He is perhaps the single most overlooked player in the Boston Celtics’ storied pantheon of greatness, his arrival coinciding with that of a certain shot-blocking, game-altering, paradigm-shifting center named Bill Russell, his place on the 1956-57 roster anything but guaranteed, his considerable basketball talent initially overshadowed by the dazzling ball handling of fellow Holy Cross alum Bob Co...

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