Inside the Auerbach Center, Boston Celtics’ new training facility, the team installed two sets of championship banners seven miles below the Mass Bike to match the official ones in their arena.
To say that those 17 banners are sacred to the organization may be an understatement. So why not keep as many copies as possible?
One morning in the building last June, when team owner Wyk Kruzbeck was preparing to formally announce his decision to elevate Brad Stevens as team leader, the two signed under those flags.
“We promised each other that we would win Banner 18, or we would try and die,” Grossbeck said.
Banner 18. This is a Vogue rally for two legacy companies of the NBA: the Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
That championship fight will be shrouded in decades of competition, with the Lakers becoming a shadow rival to the Celtics during the upcoming 2022 NBA Finals. Both teams are seated at 17, and it is a deep, high-stakes race to gain the all-time lead in the league.
Since the turn of the century, the Lakers have won six titles for the Celtics, narrowing the historic gap. When the Lakers won in 2020, it tied the teams for the first time since 1963 (the Minneapolis Lakers won six of the first eight titles in league history).
This season in LA, there was high hope that the acquisition of Russell Westbrook would add the 18th star to the Lockers’ center court logo, which was a driving force behind the bus family’s late patriot’s dream.
“It’s always Dr. [Jerry] The bus’s destination is to cross Boston, “said Laker Great Erwin “Magic” Johnson, Who led the Lakers to those five championships. “The Lakers never wanted the Celtics to win.”
“Dr. Buss would always say losing is bad, but losing to the Celtics is unbearable,” said Michael Thompson, who won two titles at LA against Boston in the 1987 final.
“We’re all Warriors fans now,” he said. “They need to do us a favor and link us to Boston. We can not let them be 18 before us.”
Books, Movies, Broadway Plays and Most Recent, HBO series “Success Time,” It featured a dramatized junk talk between Bus and Celtic legend Red Aurback. This final match is an example of the many proxy wars that have taken place between the two sides over the years.