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Old 10-28-06, 08:21 PM
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Red Auerbach Dies Breaking News:

Red Auerbach, who coached the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships, died Saturday in the Washington area, the Celtics announced.
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Old 10-28-06, 08:28 PM
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Just heard on ESPN.

R.I.P. Red
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The man was a Boston icon. Godspeed, Red.
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Couldn't stand the Celtics growing up, but you can't deny all the positive things Red did for the team and the NBA as a whole.

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Wow, and what timing with the season about to start.

Definitely a legendary figure.
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He was responsible for the two moves that brought Boston their world titles in the 80's: Drafting Larry Bird out of Indiana State in 1978 despite the fact that he wouldn't be playing until the following season and trading the #1 and #13 pick (Anyone know how they managed to get 2 picks in that draft?) to the Golden State Warriors in 1980 for Robert Parrish and the #3 pick, which ended up being Kevin McHale. I think the Celtics should rename the arena the Red Auerbach Center.
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Even Bird seemed ready to concede the series, Celtics president Auerbach was not about to go gently into that good night. After the [fourth] game he confronted referee Earl Strom in the hallway near locker rooms. "That was the worst officiated game I ever saw!" rasped Auerbach, referring to the fact that the Lakers shot 14 fourth-period free throws to the Celtics' one. He also told Strom, "You're a gelding," though he was not quite so Elizabethan in his choice of words. Strom stared back at him and said, "Arnold, you're showing all the class I knew you always had." The idea that the Celtics had been jobbed by the refs at Boston Garden is almost surrealistic, of course, but there you are.
I'll concede he was good at what he did.

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Old 10-29-06, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by zekeburger1979
(Anyone know how they managed to get 2 picks in that draft?)
Dick Vitale. Seriously.

Vitale, then Piston head coach, was in love with Celtics player Bob McAdoo. The Celtics had signed the Pistons' ML Carr as a free agent and owed the Pistons compensation.

Thanks to Vitale's man-love for McAdoo, the compensation turned out to be McAdoo (who the Celtics were getting rid of anyway) IF the Pistons tossed in their two draft picks to "even it up" (ML Carr and two #1's for McAdoo). As you noted, the two picks were traded for the #3 pick (McHale) and Parrish.

So, in summary, Red got rid of a player he was dying to get rid of anyway, and ended up with McHale, Parrish, and ML Carr.
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Now he can roll over in his grave when the dancers come out.
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