Bird, Parish and McHale: Won’t The Real "Big Three" Please Stand Up?

January 11th, 2011 by Kevin Anderson Leave a reply »
In 2007, the Boston Celtics had quite the offseason, as Danny Ainge (the team’s Director of Basketball Operations) acquired perennial All-Stars Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.  

For the first time in his career, franchise captain and nine-year veteran Paul Pierce saw himself supplemented by players with proven track records of high-caliber performance in the NBA.

The two additions were announced within a week of each other and along with Pierce, they were dubbed “The Big Three.”

This, of course, is an homage to the great frontline of the 1980’s team, consisting of center Robert Parish and forwards Kevin McHale and Larry Bird, who originally carried the title.

A new era had begun… let’s stop right there. 

At the time, it was easy to understand where the press was coming from. This was, in essence, highly anticipated to be a return to glory for the most storied franchise in the NBA history.

Really, the last truly competitive Celtics team to take the court were with the original Big Three and since they had disassembl ...

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