Boston Celtics: The 5 Most Unsung Championship Heroes in Franchise Lore

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Boston Celtics: The 5 Most Unsung Championship Heroes in Franchise Lore
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The wizardry of Bob Cousy caught your eye; the elegant elevated grace of Bill Russell commanded attention; the sheer passion of a Dave Cowens, Larry Bird, or Kevin Garnett screams, "Watch me!"

Watch we have, and sung their praises, as well, in recognition of a triumph or two.

But ask a symphony conductor what the most difficult job is in an orchestra, and he will invariably identify the second fiddle.  Lead trumpets, piercing piccolos and 76 trombones lead the big parade, but that second fiddle is always right there maintaining the integrity of the melody, holding it all together.

Any collaborative effort—from a band to a ballclub, a school faculty or even a marriage—requires the steady selflessness of the second fiddle.

The Boston Celtics, the originators of the Sixth Man concept, owe more than one of their 17 NBA World Championships to the under-appreciated efforts of some basketball second fiddles.

 

Abacus reveals the five most unsung championship heroes in the history of this extraordinary franchise.

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