Recommended Celtics reading from Celtics Down Under

There is a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) list of Celtics-related literature on, but here are a few highly recommended reads that every Boston Celtics fan should check out:

Top of the World: The Inside Story of the Boston Celtics’ Amazing One-Year Turnaround to Become NBA Champions
by Peter May

Top of the World by Peter May, explores the incredible recordbreaking season of the Boston Celtics, from having the NBA’s second-worst record in 2007, to storming through the NBA in 2008 to achieve the greatest single season turnaround in NBA history. The fairy tale saga culminates in Boston’s 6-game triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers to give the Celtics their first NBA title in 20 years. A must read for die-hard fans of the Boston Celtics.

Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend
by Bill Russell and Alan Steinberg

With Red Auerbach and Bill Russell, the NBA had one of the greatest coaches of all time, along with an 5-time MVP All Star center, who together formed an indelible professional bond that enabled both men, and their teammates to accomplish the incredible feat of winning 11 NBA championships. Red and Me details, in Russell’s own words, the trust, loyalty, and friendship that formed between these two great men, on, and off the court.

Banner 17: Boston Celtics Return to Glory in a Magical Championship Season
by The Boston Globe

‘Banner 17’ is a full colour, 128 page, photographic journal of the Boston Celtics’ historic rise from a 2007 lottery team to the 2008 NBA Champions, in what is the greatest single season turnaround in NBA history. With an introduction from Marc J. Spears, this book kicks off in reverse order, starting with 2008 NBA Finals against historical archrivals the Los Angeles Lakers, detailing the rivalries rich history, along with team scoring statistics, and photos from all 7 games.

Banner 17 then moves onto the Eastern Conference Finals against the higher-favoured Detroit Pistons, the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Lebron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and ends with the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs the Atlanta Hawks, with each series brilliantly illustrated with only the best photos from the Boston Globe and its affiliates.

Drive: The Story of My Life
by Larry Bird

Drive is the story of Boston Celtic’s Hall of Fame Basketball legend Larry Bird, in his own words, telling his life story as only he can. From his humble beginnings in French Lick, Indiana, to the pinnacle of success in the 1980’s winning three NBA Championships, three NBA MVP Awards, appearances in 10 All-Star games, and not forgetting his close and personal battles with Lakers rival Magic Johnson. Always one to shun the limelight, Larry Bird finally opens up and chronicles his amazing story for readers. A fantastic read for fans of the Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in general.

Let Me Tell You a Story: A Lifetime in the Game
by John Feinstein and Red Auerbach

Boston Celtics legendary coach Red Auerbach teams up with sportswriter John Feinstein to tell the stories of one of the most colourful characters in NBA history. Auerbach cheerfully recalls his long hisotry with the NBA’s most storied franchise, the players and coaches he worked alongside of, and the many rich and entertaining off the court stories. Told in Red Auerbach’s witty and comical manner, a great read for those interested in the lighter side of this great man.

The Rivalry: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball
by John Taylor

King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution
by Aram Goudsouzian and Harry Edwards

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