Expert analysis: Boston Celtics is a great team name

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

This is very important stuff here.

Zach Lowe took a good deal of time and energy to research and write two articles (somewhat arbitrarily) ranking the best team names in the NBA (as of now).  I think he did a great job with them and I can only imagine that they were as fun to write as they were for me to read.  Not surprisingly, the Celtics came in very high.  Top three in fact, behind only the 76ers and Trail Blazers.  Here's part of the blurb on the Celtics (but the whole two part thing is worth the read).

The Definitive Guide to NBA Team Names, Part 2 - Grantland

Damn near perfect, especially considering Boston Unicorns was seriously in play, along with Whirlwinds and Olympics. The only downside is really almost a plus: The franchise ripped this name off from the original New York Celtics, a barnstorming powerhouse in the 1920s that was essentially too good for any of the available competition — so good that the Original Celtics entered the Hall of Fame as a team in 1959, by which time the Boston/NBA version was working on its second title. Stealing is a form of homage, and if you're going to pay homage to anyone, you might as well choose the historical standard-bearers for your sport — especially since the Original C's had been defunct since the early 1940s.

History!  The more you know....

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