Banner 17: Starting Off with a Bang
The Celtics celebrated their new ownership with a commemorative basketball dated with the completed sale on December 31, 2002. Led by Wyc Grousbeck, H. Irving Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca and The Abbey Group, the group made its goal evident through its name – “Banner 17” – referring to the franchise’s desire for its next NBA World Championship title. Wyc Grousbeck said at the time that the group was “honored to accept this role and begin working with the team and the community to continue the winning tradition of the Celtics on and off the court.” Banner 17 delivered when the Celtics won their 17th NBA World Championship title in 2008.
( C ) NBA/Celtics (photo by Heritage Werks)