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The Big Three, Finally Together
Date: 1980-81 season
Just before the 1980 NBA Draft, Red Auerbach traded two first-round picks to the Golden State Warriors for a young center named Robert Parish and a first-round pick later used on Kevin McHale. In what is regarded as one of the best trades in NBA history, Parish and McHale paired with second-year pro Larry Bird to form Boston’s original Big Three. In their first season together, Bird and Parish made the All-Star team while McHale made the All-Rookie team. More importantly, the trio won the first of three NBA World Championship titles together that season. The Celtics were in for a decade of success.
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