The Boston Celtics had a poor record in the 1977-1978 seasons prompting for a trade. Red Auerbach opted for a risky exchange, picking Larry Bird of the Indiana State who will have to stay one more year in college to finish his senior year. Auerbach believed in the potentials of Larry Bird of becoming a good player for the team, making it worth the wait. Coach Auerbach actually anticipated that Larry Bird would sign in as soon as the college season ends. True enough, Bird became part of the Boston Celtics after he led the Indiana State to the NCAA Championship game. Unfortunately, Larry Bird's college team lost to Magic Johnson's Michigan State University team.
Before Larry Bird's debut in the 1979-1980 season, the Boston Celtics were already having problem that sparked from the disagreement between new owner John Brown and Red Auerbach. Auerbach was about to resign as General Manager for a New York Knicks position. But because of the strong public support for Auerbach, Brown chose to sell the team. Without Larry Bird, the team struggled through its season performance of 29-53.
The "Bird's" arrival
Under a new franchise owner, Auerbach made significant changes. which he believed will bring the team into another era of fame and prominence. Bob McAdoo was traded to the Detroit Pistons for guard ML Carr, who shall serve as a defensive specialist. Another good choice was point guard Gerald Henderson from the CBA. As a result, Tiny Archibald, ML Carr, Chris Ford, and Gerald Henderson formed a highly skilled and competent back court to support Dave Cowens, Cedric Maxwell, and Larry Bird. Larry Bird was named NBA "Rookie of the Year" after joining the team.
The trades and drafts done by Auerbach helped form a stronger, more competent team out of Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics gradually improved their games, which resulted in a best single-season turnaround in NBA history at that time, with 61-21 game record. Despite better team performance, the Boston Celtics lost the Eastern Conference Finals to the Philadelphia 76ers.
With trade-offs orchestrated by Auerbach, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish joined the Boston Celtics along with newbie Larry Bird. These Hall of Famers led the team to becoming one of the strongest contenders for the NBA title. The 1980s witnessed the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers. Time and again, basketball fans and buyers of Lakers Celtics tickets have watched closely the play between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. This era prompted the high Celtics tickets sales, with more fans and local supporters wanting to see the one-on-one live.
In 1986, the Boston Celtics won 67 games, with a home game record of 40-1. During this time, Larry Bird also won hist third MVP title, while Bill Walton received the "Sixth Man of the Year" award. The Boston Celtics won its 16th NBA championship title against the Houston Rockets. After this, it took Boston Celtics a long wait before they grabbed their next championship crown in the 2007-2008 season of the NBA Finals against their arch rival, the LA Lakers.
The return of the "Bird"
In the 1988-1989 season, Larry Bird had to undergo surgery for removing bone spurs in his feet. Bird made his comeback in the 1989-1990 season and played 75 games. Though they made it to the Playoffs, the Boston Celtics only won the first two games in the Best of 5 Series. The three straight losses resulted in the New York Knicks winning the playoffs.
Larry Bird, among other Hall of Famers, helped boost the sales of Boston Celtics tickets. Excellent game play prompted more spectators and fans to watch Celtics games live. But after completing 13 seasons and haing won the Barcelona Olympics Gold Medal with the Dream Team, Bird retired after suffering from back injuries.