Written by: Robberson

Date: June 27, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
Image: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics [wikimedia]

About This Quiz

We all know the Celtics have some great nicknames, but you might not know these.
The Celtics are the second team in the NBA to have a nickname on par with those of the Yankees, Red Sox, or Cowboys. The name of the team was originally The Braves but was changed over time to the Braves-Celtics to reflect the cities where the team was established. There have been other teams called the Celtics, but this one is the oldest surviving one, and the Celtics are recognized as the first NBA franchise.
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Cedric Maxwell, radio color commentator for the Celtics, used to be the small forward for Boston. What was his nickname on the team?

  • "Cedric the Entertainer"
  • "Mad Max"
  • "C.M. Punk"
  • "Cornbread"

Which player had the nickname "Muscles Jesus"? It is perhaps one of the most impressive nicknames in the league.

  • Jayson Tatum
  • Semi Ojeleye
  • Evan Fournier
  • Tristan Thompson

Which Celtic center referred to himself as "the Big Aristotle" because he loved the following quote by Aristotle: "excellence is not a singular act; it's a habit. You are what you repeatedly do."

  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Bill Russell
  • Robert Parish
  • Kevin Garnett

Why was Kevin McHale given the nickname "The Black Hole of the Low Post" by teammate Danny Ainge?

  • Because McHale would not let anything stop him from getting to the basket.
  • Because once McHale would get to the low post position, his teammates would revolve around him.
  • Because once the ball was passed to McHale in the low post position, he'd never throw the ball back out.
  • Because McHale had a large range of moves, and nobody could predict what he might do to a defending opposing player.

The Boston Garden, home of the Celtics, was more commonly referred to as what?

  • "Madison Round"
  • "The Factory"
  • "Boston Common"
  • "The Garden"

Which of the following nicknames was one that was NOT given to Kevin Garnett?

  • "The Kid"
  • "The Big Ticket"
  • "The Green Monster"
  • "The Franchise"

Why does current Celtic forward Jayson Tatum have the nickname "Taco Jay"?

  • Because fans would earn a free taco every time Tatum scored the 100th point at home games.
  • It mimics how Tatum would pronounce teammate Tacko Fall's name.
  • Because Tatum's celebratory hugs look like the shell of a taco with how he wraps his arms around his teammates.
  • Because of the several posts Tatum has made on Instagram of himself eating lots of tacos.

What nickname did French center Vincent Poirier have?

  • "Le Grand Baguette"
  • "The French Connection"
  • "The French Irishman"
  • "Sacre Bleu"

John Havlicek, former Celtics swingman, earned the nickname "Hondo" from starring in a movie with which actor?

  • Cary Grant
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • John Wayne
  • Clint Eastwood

What nickname is the team commonly called?

  • "C-Green Smash Machine"
  • "The Bean Towners"
  • "The Birds"
  • "The Celts"

Which of the following Celtics players had the nickname "The Truth"?

  • Forward Paul Pierce
  • Center Eric Montross
  • Guard Kyrie Irving
  • Center Danny Forston

Which of the following players earned the nickname "Mr. Celtic"?

  • Larry Bird
  • Bill Russell
  • Tom Heinsohn
  • Bob Cousy

Larry Bird, former Celtics forward, had many nicknames. Which of the following did he NOT have?

  • "Larry Legend"
  • "The Birdman of Boston"
  • "The Hick from French Lick"
  • "The Great White Hope"

Center Vitaly Potapenko was given what nickname, based on his nationality and size?

  • "The Ukraine Train"
  • "The Russian Bear
  • "The Serbian Sumo"
  • "The Croatian Caveman"

Brian Scalabrine used to play for the Celtics as power forward. What was his nickname on the team?

  • "Scales"
  • "White Mamba"
  • "Captain Briny"
  • "Brine Brine"

Which of the following Celtics players gained the nickname "Easy" because he was such a natural at the game?

  • Forward Paul Pierce
  • Forward Ed Macauley
  • Guard Dee Brown
  • Center Bill Russell

In the 1980s, a group of three players from the Celtics made the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. These three players earned the nickname "The Big Three". Which of the following players was not one of "The Big Three"?

  • Larry Bird
  • Robert Parish
  • Kevin McHale
  • Sam Jones