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  1. Rifleman is first to shatter an NBA backboard

    Larry Schwartz

    Chuck Connors, who will gain fame as "The Rifleman" on TV, becomes the first player in the NBA (called the BAA then) to shatter a backboard. The Celtics center does it not with a dunk, but on a two-handed shot in pregame warmups at Boston Arena.

    SpecialFeature | Conversation | October 30, 2001
  2. Back injury forces Bird into retirement

    Larry Schwartz

    Larry Bird is forced to retire because of a bad back. Bird is the only non-center to win three consecutive MVP awards (1984-86). A 10-time All-Star, he led the Celtics to three NBA titles, averaging 24.3 points and 10 rebounds in his 13-year career.

    SpecialFeature | Conversation | August 16, 2001
  3. Cooper first African-American drafted in NBA

    Larry Schwartz

    The Boston Celtics are the first team to draft an African-American when Red Auerbach selects Chuck Cooper, a second-team All-American from Duquesne, in the second round.

    SpecialFeature | Conversation | April 25, 2001
  4. Russell refuses Hall induction

    Larry Schwartz

    Bill Russell is elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame but says he will refuse induction.

    SpecialFeature | Conversation | February 05, 2001
  5. Russell sets NBA rebounding record

    Larry Schwartz

    Bill Russell grabs 51 rebounds, breaking his NBA record of 49, in the Celtics' 124-100 victory over the Syracuse Nationals in Boston. (Wilt Chamberlain will break the record with 55 in November 1960 against the Celtics.)

    SpecialFeature | Conversation | February 03, 2001
  6. Lloyd breaks the NBA color barrier

    Larry Schwartz

    Earl Lloyd breaks the color barrier in the NBA, playing for the Washington Capitals in their season-opening 78-70 loss to Rochester.

    SpecialFeature | Conversation | October 28, 2000
  7. Wilt battled 'loser' label

    Larry Schwartz

    Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain averaged 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds for his career.

    SpecialFeature | Conversation | August 30, 2000