Boston Celtics' 10 Most Hated Opponents in Team History

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Boston Celtics' 10 Most Hated Opponents in Team History
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The Boston Celtics are the most decorated franchise in NBA history with 17 championship banners, and they have picked up plenty of enemies along the way.  From the Russell-Wilt rivalry to the Bad Boy Pistons to Kobe Bryant, every great era of Celtics basketball has had its antagonists. 

The athletes and coaches on this list possessed varying characteristics and degrees of irritation, but they all had consistently acrimonious relationships with Celtics' players, coaches and fans.  Whether through  sheer greatness, plain dirtiness or simply being clad in purple and gold, they have earned an infamous reputation in the hearts of Celtics' Nation.

Without further ado, here is a look at 10 figures who have foiled and frustrated the Celtics throughout the team's illustrious history. 

*Unless stated otherwise, all stats were taken from Basketball-Reference.com.  Career splits vs. Celtics only available from 1985-86 on.

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