1989-90 Celtics Team-Signed Basketball Larry Bird,Reggie Lewis, etc. – COA JSA
The Boston Celtics of the late 1989- 90 were still championship-worthy. This green and white Spalding rubber basketball are signed by the majority of a Celtics team from late in the decade. Each autograph is signed in black marker and grade 9-10. Included are Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Reggie Lewis, Dennis Johnson (DJ), Chris Ford, Jim Paxson, Joe Kleine, Kevin Gamble, John Bagley, Charles Smith, Ed Pinkney, Michael Smith, Head Coach Jimmy Rodgers and Lanny Van Eman. Authentication: JSA Full Letter
This Celtics ball was gifted to the Sharon Jr. Women’s Club in Boston from the Boston Celtics
The 1989–90 NBA season was the 44th season for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association. With Larry Bird returning after playing just six games in the 1988–89 season, the Celtics struggled around .500 during the first month of the season but would win 11 of their next 15 games, finishing second in the Atlantic Division with a solid 52–30 record. Bird led the way averaging 24.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game while being selected for the 1990 NBA All-Star Game, and selected to the All-NBA Second Team. In the first round of the playoffs, the Celtics looked ready to make a serious run as they jumped out to a 2–0 series lead over the 5th-seeded New York Knicks. However, they would collapse as they lost three straight games, losing 3–2 to the Knicks. Following the season, Dennis Johnson retired and head coach Jim Rodgers was fired.