Sunday, October 29, 2006

Red

Arnold "Red" Auerbach passed away at the ripe old age of 89 on Saturday. Red was synonymous with the Boston Celtics, and the NBA really, for 60 years. He was the coach of the Washington Capitols for the NBA's first season in 1946. In 1950, he signed on with the C's and has been the czar ever since as coach, GM, and president. As coach, he won 938 games and 9 championships; as GM/President, he was instrumental in all Celtics' wins and championships since. As Shaughnessy put it in his article today, "the old saying was that Red was playing chess while the rest of the coaches and GMs were still playing checkers". The old man will be missed. See full coverage by the Boston Globe here.

6 comments:

Dewy24 said...

Red was the reason the Celtics are the greatest team in the history of professional American sports. Part of me thinks he left at the right time because I don't see this year's Celtics winning more than 35 games.

Dan said...

Obvious attempt at Yankee baiting, dewy24. I will say this: Red probably had more influence on more championships than any other one person did in the history of professional American sports, and possibly all sports period. As for the timing, I do think it's weird that he had always said the Celtics would have cheerleaders "over his dead body" and he died 4 days before the beginning of the first season that the Celtics will have cheerleaders. I also think it's cool that the cheerleaders' debut is being put off until the second home game so that the season opener's can be a proper memorial to Red.

If Perkins or Big Al has a breakout season and Bassy or Rondo contribute significantly, I think they may actually make the playoffs. It could happen.

Dewy24 said...
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Dan said...

you can't hide. I have written documentation of the post you just deleted. I'll be alerting the authorities.

Dewy24 said...

I liked my comment but I just wanted to edit the part where I said "If" instead of "I" or something like that. Typically careless typing on my part. Why won't they just let you edit? I should also apologize for omitting the Houston Comets in my discussion of dynasties who have won 4 of the 10 WNBA titles. I'm sorry Sheryl Swoops.

Sheryl Swoopes said...

Thanks, dewy24. We get so little respect these days that an omission is practically a positive comment. To actually mention us, well, that's like hearing the screech of the crowd after hitting a game winning three.

[btw, www.swoopes.com and www.sherylswoopes.com are both open domain names if anyone's interested.]