Sunday, October 29, 2006

So Long, Red Auerbach

Legendary Boston Celtics coach and manager Red Auerbach passed away yesterday at age 89. He was much beloved in Boston for his amazing work with the Celtics (count 'em 16 championships), and for his trailblazing style and guts with regard to finding and hiring and getting the best out of talent. Couldn't we all use a few managers like that? A quote from today's Boston Globe profile to show what talent development means:

Proof of Auerbach's impact on the game as both a coach and talent evaluator is the number of his players who made it to the Hall of Fame (14) and the number of his players who became coaches (30), including eight of the 12 players on his 1962-63 championship team. Three of his players, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Sharman, and Don Nelson, later won Coach of the Year honors. Nelson won it three times.

Red and his famous cigars will be missed. Fare thee well Red, fare thee well.

(photos from the Globe article)

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