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Oct 29th 2006

Red Auerbach (1917-2006)

Red Auerbach passed away on Saturday.

Auerbach was one of the greatest basketball coaches ever. He won nine championships as the coach of the Boston Celtics and seven more as the Celtics general manager.

Time and again you hear Celtics describing Red as “a player’s coach.” To the world outside his own huddles and locker room he was ornery and miserable, a boisterous dynamo who peered at you through cigar smoke after his troops had impaled yours.

But not with his own players. He supported them. He had their backs. They knew it, so they did everything to please him. He emphasized people far more than X’s and O’s.

The game will miss him.

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