HoopsHype Red Auerbach rumors

June 18, 2014 Updates

Ian O'Connor: Pre-parade note on how the #Celtics & the greatest executive of all handed Tony Parker to San Antonio in the 2001 draft... Chris Wallace wanted Tony Parker at 21 in 01 draft; Red Auerbach banged his cane on floor & said,"I want (Joe) Forte." #Spurs Twitter

October 11, 2013 Updates

"In 1989, Larry had a bad back and two Achilles tendon surgeries and Kevin had a screw put in his foot. They weren't the same," Ainge said. "They weren't near the same players from that point on that they were in 1985, '86 and '87 when they were two of the best players in all of basketball." Randy Auerbach said her father never seriously considered trading Bird and McHale. And if he had, her mother, Dorothy, would have talked him out of it. Randy Auerbach also said the Boston media would have "ostracized" her father if he traded two of the franchise's biggest stars. "Knowing my father, I don't think trading them was an option," Randy Auerbach said. "If you look at his track record, he had more players start and finish their careers with the Celtics than any other team. That's Celtic pride. "Players didn't come and go then. I don't recognize half the team now." Yahoo! Sports

June 19, 2013 Updates

If anyone knows what it takes to thrive in times like these, it's Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell. The 11-time champion took part in 10 Game 7's, including five in the Finals — winning all 10 times and becoming the league's all-time leader in the category that matters most. "(Celtics coach) Red (Auerbach) used to have a phrase he used: 'I don't give a damn what they're going to do; This is what we're going to do.' " Russell told USA TODAY Sports. "The difference, especially in a seventh game, is 'Can I take my team and do what we do best?' And I'm going to respect the other team. The more I respect them — without fear, but respect — the better my chances are." USA Today Sports

August 1, 2012 Updates

Tony Parker knows his audience. He knows the British reference points, and what they care about, which is why he responded the way he did when an English reporter asked him about Gregg Popovich. Parker didn’t compare him to Red Auerbach or to Vince Lombardi. He also didn’t compare him to Vinny Del Negro. Parker compared him to to Sir Alex Ferguson. For those who don’t know: Ferguson manages some for Manchester United. San Antonio Express-News

March 3, 2012 Updates

He pointed out major companies such as General Electric have been using advanced analysis for years. It’s just that nobody follows GE production efficiency or product flow like they do the Red Sox’ run production. “It’s not hocus-pocus,’’ said Zarren. “Some of the things I do, teams have been doing since 1946. It’s not magic. There happens to be scientific techniques that people have developed to look at data sets. We have some data sets, so why not look at them?’’ Hard to envision Red Auerbach parsing data sets. Zarren met Red once. How did he explain to the Patriarch of the Parquet exactly what he does for the Celtics? “Danny just said, ‘He works for me,’ ’’ Zarren said with a grin. Boston Globe

November 9, 2011 Updates

“Easy” Ed Macauley was at the center of one of the most important trades in NBA history: He was the key man sent from Boston to the St. Louis Hawks in exchange for just-drafted Bill Russell. Of course, Russell and Red Auerbach’s Celtics now seem fated for one another, forever linked by their 11 championships, but Big Russ might never have landed in Boston had Easy Ed just said no. Celtics owner Walter Brown actually asked the 6-8, 190-pound center—an All-Star in each of his six seasons in Boston and the MVP of the very first ASG—for permission to ship him to St. Louis. Ed was happy to return to his hometown, so Hawks GM Marty Blake (yes, that Marty Blake) agreed to take Russell with the second pick in the ’56 Draft and ship him to Boston in exchange for second-year pro Macauley and Cliff Hagan, the former Kentucky star returning from a military stint. SLAM

November 3, 2011 Updates

Younger fans, who have watched the Knicks excel only at ticket prices, front-­office chaos and the decibel level of the Garden’s public-address system, may find the idea of the Knicks as the embodiment of intelligent, disciplined, unselfish play ludicrous. They would be well advised to pick up Harvey Araton’s “When the Garden Was Eden.” It will give them a clear picture of what made the Knicks so endearing, as well as a taste of how overwrought that affection could become. The Knicks, after all, never came close to the dynastic record of the Red Auerbach-Bill Russell Boston Celtics, or Phil Jackson’s Chicago Bulls, or his Lakers. Why, then, would accomplished adults like Woody Allen sneak away from a dinner party for a glimpse of a Knicks game (a moment captured in “Annie Hall”)? Why would the advertising legend George Lois spend every game under the basket, screaming obscenities at the refs? New York Times

June 12, 2011 Updates

Memories from your days as visiting ballboy before you were Knicks ballboy? Marv Albert: Being in the locker room when Red Auerbach would talk to and inspire his Celtics. And I’ll never forget how Wilt Chamberlain would arrange this with me before the game — he would ask me to go out and get him four hot dogs for halftime. I’d get them late in the second quarter at the concession stand. I’d give them to Wilt and he would just engulf them. New York Post

May 4, 2011 Updates

The Celtics will announce later today plans to build a statue to honor Hall of Famer Bill Russell, according to a team source. Russell brought 11 NBA titles to Boston from 1956 to 1969, and carved a legacy on the court and away from it. Details regarding the style and location of the statue are not known. Considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, as well as one of the game's most dominant defenders, Russell won more championships than anyone in NBA history, anchoring teams led by Red Auerbach, his coach and close friend. Boston Globe

May 2, 2011 Updates

A few weeks back, we told you about an online auction that would give fans and collectors the chance to bid on a slew of items that once belonged to Arnold "Red" Auerbach, the legendary Hall of Fame basketball coach and executive who served as the architect of a Boston Celtics dynasty that captured 16 NBA championships in 30 seasons. Auctioneer SCP Auctions told the Boston Herald at the time that the "three-part online sale" was expected "to raise at least $500,000 for Auerbach's family." The auction's opening round closed on May 1 after two weeks of bids, and I think it's fair to say that it exceeded SCP's expectations: Winning bids for the 156 items purchased totaled $785,278, according to final price figures listed on SCP's website. Yahoo! Sports

April 11, 2011 Updates
March 16, 2011 Updates

Heads up, fans. Cigar-chomping Celtics legend Red Auerbach’s personal memorabilia is going on the block. And a Dallas auctioneer who sold a Lou Gehrig jersey last year for $717,000 said that the combination of Auerbach’s own legendary status and the team’s recent revival should make next month’s online auctions a slam dunk. “Red Auerbach is iconic, and items directly from the family will generate quite a bit of interest,” said Chris Ivy, sports auctions director at Heritage Auctions in Texas. “The Celtics are back into winning basketball and winning championships, and even though it’s been a long lapse since Red has been part of the organization, that won’t hurt.” Boston Herald

SCP expects to raise at least $500,000 for Auerbach’s family from a three-part online sale of about 500 mementos from the team’s longtime coach and top executive. “We’re conducting the sale on behalf of Auerbach’s family,” said Dan Imler of SCP Auctions. “They retained certain pieces, but there is quite a lot, and rather than keeping it in storage, they have decided to make it available to fans and collectors through this sale.” Boston Herald

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