June 16, 1972

No matter what happens in these NBA Finals, one thing is certain: The Boston Celtics will still be the Boston Celtics next season.

Such was not always a certainty in the early 1970s. Inconsistent attendance, a parade of new owners and often shabby treatment by their Boston Garden landlords, the Bruins, fueled occasional speculation that the Celtics could well end up elsewhere if the wrong group bought them.

The NBA put fans' minds at ease – at least for a little while – by turning down a bid for the club by prospective buyers Harold Lipton and Irv Levin, who earned their fortune making movies in Hollywood.

Lipton and Levin eventually did buy the Celtics, but swapped franchises with Buffalo Braves owners John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian, and moved the Braves to San Diego.

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