Originally written on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 11/18/14
While preparing for an upcoming column, I stumbled across this emotional tribute to the original Boston Garden. I remember this actual report when it aired 2 decades ago. At the tender age of 14, I had the good fortune of visiting the original Boston Garden. Always looking so beautiful on television, the parquet floor glistened and the banners that crowded the Garden rafters made the venue the most hallowed hall in all of Basketball. The rest of the place was quite a mess. Stinking of stale beer, musty mildew and old peanut shells, the hallways not seen on TV had more charisma, charm and mystique than any other venue in the NBA. The Boston Celtics won 16 of their NBA record 17 titles on the original parquet floor at Boston Garden. Red Auerbach won his 9th title and retired from coaching on that court. Hondo, Gerald Henderson and Larry-Legend stole the ball on three separate occasions. Garfield Heard hit the shot heard round the world. The Lakers finally snapped the curse on that cou...
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