The National Basketball Association's franchise in Boston, Massachussets, USA, the Celtics were founded in 1946. They are one of the league's marquee franchises, having won 16 NBA Championships, including 8 straight from 1959-1966. Hall Of Famers who have played for the Celtics include Nate Archibald, Larry Bird, Walter A. Brown, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, Bailey Howell, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones, Clyde Lovellette, Ed Macauley, Pete Maravich, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Andy Phillip, Frank Ramsey, Arnie Risen, Bill Russell, Bill Sharman and Bill Walton.
The Celtics are part of two of the NBA's greatest historical rivalries, with the Los Angeles Lakers
and Philadelphia 76ers
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