Two consecutive early playoff exits provided motivation for Red Auerbach to make big changes ahead of the 1983-84 campaign. When Head Coach Bill Fitch moved on to the Houston Rockets, former Celtics player and eight-time NBA World Champion K.C. Jones was promoted from assistant to the top job. Sensing a need to upgrade the point guard spot, Auerbach also added 1979 NBA Finals MVP and future Hall-of-Famer Dennis Johnson from the Phoenix Suns.
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