The Celtics have come a long way since the vintage New York Original Celtics.
The team that used to battle all-black teams like the New York Rens, Commonwealth Big Five, Ciralsky Meat Packers, and the Harlem Globetrotters, now is an all-black team.
Bangin’ hard meant giant thigh bruises (Hall of Fame center Joe Lapchick)
and eyebrow stitches (Davey Banks).
… promoting a game against the Commonwealth Big Five:
And now …
Can today’s Celtics bang as hard?
To learn a whole lot more about the New York Original Celtics, check out a great book by Penn State professor Murry Nelson called The Originals.
Meanwhile, will today’s Celtics, their fans, and coach “Doc” Rivers need this book?
Or will the Boston Celtics throw this book at the Los Angeles Lakers?
We’ll find out tonight with N.B.A. Finals Game 1 in Boston!
(Original Celtics photo courtesy of Bettman Archives; Boston Celtics photo courtesy of Getty Images.)