Celtics 25th Anniversary NBA Title Honored During NBHHCM 2K11
The Boston Celtics of the 1985-86 season has been considered one of the best NBA teams of all-time. The Celtics finished the regular-season 67-15 and was an amazing 40-1 at home. There only loss came at the hands of the Portland Trailblazers on 12-6-85, 121-103.
The NBHHCM Foundation will honor the Boston Celtics 25th Anniversary of their 16th NBA Championship during NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month) 2K11 along with the NBA at 65. The Celtics won their Championship on June 8, 1986. The NBA was founded 40-years and 2-days earlier on June 6, 1946.
The NBA will be celebrating its 65th Anniversary of being formed on June 6, 2011 (6-6-11).
"The NBA Finals" brand would be used for the first time in 1986. It would replace the NBA World Championship Series.
Larry Bird would win his 3rd consecutive (1984-86) NBA MVP award. The 1986 Championship marked the 16th NBA Championship in Celtics history. It would be 22-years later in 2008 before the Celtics would win another NBA title.
Bird would be named The 1986 NBA Finals MVP. The Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets 4-2. The NBA Finals started on May 26, 1986 and concluded on June 8, 1986. The 1986 NBA Finals was the last championship series that began before in May. All NBA Finals since have been played in June exclusively.
The 1986 Finals had 6 future Hall of Fame players Celtics (5)- Bill Walton-1993, Larry Bird-1998, Kevin McHale-1999, Robert Parish-2003, and Dennis Johnson-2010. The Houston Rockets (1) Hakeem Olajuwon-2008.
Dominique Wilkins (30.3) was the 1985-86 scoring champ. Michael Jordan would lead the league in scoring for 7-straight seasons 1987-93, and 10 out of 12-years (1996-98). Jordan retired from the game for one-and-half seasons between 1994-1995.
1986 also marked the first-year the NBA's Most Improved Player Award was handed out. Alvin Robertson of the San Antonio Spurs won the first award.
Spud Webb of the Atlanta Hawks became the shortest player in NBA history at 5'7 to win the Slam Dunk Contest. He defeated Hawks team-mate Dominique Wilkins to win the award.
Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks was named the 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Salt-n-Pepa the pioneering female rap group wore Celtics and Rockets gear in their debut music video "Tramp." Salt-n-Pepa were the first female rap act to be certified gold and platinum with album Hot, Cool & Vicious.
NBHHCM has been proclaimed since June 2009.