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A number of NBA teams can lay claim to being the greatest of all time, but only a handful are taken seriously by most, and the 1985-86 Boston Celtics are among the teams with the strongest claims to that title.
With three future Hall-of-Famers, small forward Larry Bird, power forward Kevin McHale and center Robert Parish, manning the frontcourt as the so-called original Big Three in their primes and a supporting cast like few title teams have managed since, it is no wonder this team is so highly regarded. It won 67 games on the way to its 16th title, demolishing everything in their path.
If you want the fine-grained detail on why this team has a case as the greatest ever, watch the video embedded below produced by Clayton Crowley in his “Making the Case” series focused in the 1986 Celtics.
It’s a well thought-out argument that looks at more than names and win totals, give it a watch and see if you aren’t convinced.
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