The Boston Celtics Took a Serious Risk With Bill Walton in 1986, and It Paid Off

The Boston Celtics almost repeated themselves as champions in the 1985 NBA Finals. They beat the Los Angeles Lakers in 1984 for their second title of the decade. They faced LA again the following year but just couldn’t get enough as the Lakers beat Boston in six games.

The core pieces were there for the Celtics. Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale arguably formed the best frontcourt in the league. Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge gave Boston tremendous backfield. The Celtics needed bank help.

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