Classic Celtics: Celebrate legendary C's squad in 'Best of 1986 Week'

Classic Celtics: Celebrate legendary C's squad in 'Best of 1986 Week'

The Celtics have fielded some great teams over their history that have brought 17 NBA championships to Boston.

But perhaps none of those teams was greater than the 1985-86 Celtics.

That C's squad had an incredibly talented roster that featured five eventual Basketball Hall of Famers in Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Bill Walton and Dennis Johnson -- and the results showed.

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They went 40-1 at home -- an NBA record until the San Antonio Spurs tied it in 2015-16 -- and finished with 67 regular-season wins en route to winning the 1986 NBA title.

The 1986 Celtics played a beautiful brand of basketball, and you can watch that brand all week on NBC Sports Boston, which continues its "Classic Celtics" series on Monday, June 8, with "Best of 1986 Week."

Our network will re-broadcast five games in five nights from that historic 1985-86 season, concluding with two of the Celtics' NBA Finals games against the Houston Rockets.

Here's the full lineup for "Best of 1986 Week," with each re-broadcast starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston:

'Best of 1986' Week

Monday, June 8: Celtics vs. Lakers, Jan. 22, 1986
The Celtics dominate the Lakers in their first crack against their archrival after losing to Los Angeles in the 1985 NBA Finals.

Tuesday, June 9: Celtics vs. Trail Blazers, Feb. 2, 1986
The Celtics need overtime but squeak out a 1-point win in Portland to notch their 40th win of the season.

Wednesday, June 10: Celtics vs. Hawks, 1986 Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 5
The Celtics rout the Hawks in a 132-99 victory to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Thursday, June 11: Celtics vs. Rockets, 1986 NBA Finals Game 1
The Celtics set the tone in Game 1 of the 1986 NBA Finals with a 12-point win over Houston at the Boston Garden.

Friday, June 12: Celtics vs. Rockets, 1986 NBA Finals Game 4
The Celtics hand the Rockets their first home loss of the 1986 playoffs to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Finals.

The action begins Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, where Brian Scalabrine will be joined by several key players in these games for additional color commentary.

Here's how to watch:

When: June 8, June 9, June 10, June 11 and June 12, 8 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Streaming: NBCSportsBoston.com and the MyTeams app

Celtics' Jaylen Brown 'disappointed' in NBA's jersey message options

Celtics' Jaylen Brown 'disappointed' in NBA's jersey message options

Jaylen Brown believes the NBA can go further in its plan to give players a voice in Orlando.

The NBA and the NBA Players Association reportedly agreed to a list of messages promoting social justice that players can wear on the back of their jerseys during the restarted 2019-20 season.

While Brown is appreciative of the league taking that step, the Boston Celtics wing is less pleased about choosing a message from a list he believes is "limiting."

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"I would like to see -- because I think it can still happen -- more options available to put on the back of our jerseys," Brown said Monday in a video conference with reporters. "We understand anything vulgar our league doesn't necessarily represent, but for histories and causes such as now, I think that that list is an example of a form of limitation. I think we should be able to express our struggle just a little bit more.

" ... I was very disappointed in the list that was agreed to. I think things were tried and attempts were made to add to that list, but the NBA agreed that that list was satisfactory. Hopefully we can get some more names on that list."

The list reportedly has 29 messages total, including slogans such as, "Black Lives Matter," "Justice Now" and "I Can't Breathe."

But Brown, who has spoken out against racial inequality in America and led a protest in Atlanta last month following the death of George Floyd, has some additional messages in mind.

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"Maybe 'Break the Cycle,' 'Results' -- that's what everybody is really playing for -- 'Inequality by Design,' " Brown said, "things like that I think may have a deeper impact than some of the things that were given to us. I think it was a little bit limiting."

The 23-year-old admitted he and his Celtics teammates were hesitant to join the NBA restart due to concerns about the coronavirus and their calls for racial justice being lost. Yet Brown still believes the NBA bubble can provide a platform for him and other NBA players to get their messages across.

"We have to go down there and make sure that people don’t forget about George Floyd or Breonna Taylor or Philando Castile or Ahmaud Arbery or Trayvon Martin, which was in the Orlando area," Brown said. "And the list goes on."

Celtics' Jaylen Brown initially didn't want to return to play in NBA restart

Celtics' Jaylen Brown initially didn't want to return to play in NBA restart

Jaylen Brown said there were some Boston Celtics players who did not want to participate in the NBA’s restart not that long ago — including himself.

Brown, who led a protest in Atlanta, has been actively engaged in the protests throughout the country geared around bringing greater awareness and attention to police brutality and a litany of systemic issues impacting Blacks following the death of George Floyd, whose death came about while a now-ex police officer had his knee firmly planted in Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

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On a conference call with reporters on Monday, Brown also indicated that he was dealing with some family matters that he had to address that also gave him a moment to seriously think about not joining the Celtics in Orlando. 

However, Brown said he and his teammates who were on the fence about returning eventually decided to join the team after they had additional information from the league as to how things would work as part of the league’s return to action since play was suspended on March 12 — the day after the first NBA player, Utah’s Rudy Gobert, tested positive for the coronavirus.

For Brown, utilizing the platform that he and several players will have will be one of the keys to making this return-to-action a successful one for him and the Celtics. 

At the end of the day, Brown understands that this reboot to the season will eventually come down to one thing — results — both on and off the court.

“The ability and the option to play for something bigger than yourself, a lot of guys would sign up for that 10 times out of 10,” Brown said.