Red Auerbach Rumors
Rivers, who led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA championship and to Game 7 of the Finals in 2010, said he still feels a strong bond with the organization. “It’s more because of the Celtics and more because of Red Auerbach,” Rivers said. “When you’re a Celtic, you become a Celtic, you stay a Celtic no matter where you’re at, and you always want them to do well. That’s what stood out for me there. When we won it, looking at Tommy Heinsohn almost in tears because we won, I thought was the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I’ll never forget that and that will always be a part of me, so yeah, I want them to do great. Probably two games, I don’t. It is nice being in the West than in the East, then you can cheer for them a little bit more.”
Amazing as Auerbach’s last admission sounds for the man who’s been making Boston’s draft picks and trades, other general managers say it’s the truth. “I think Red is probably the greatest general manager and coach we’ve ever had in this league up to this point,” says Donnie Walsh, now in his fourth season as the Indiana Pacers’ team president and GM. “I’ve read all his books, but I don’t think I’ve ever personally talked to him.”
“I feel like my back’s up a little bit because this is the premier organization, or history certainly, in the NBA. [It is] one of the finest legacies on and off the court in the world history of sport. People see that. Kevin Garnett saw it. When we introduced him at that press conference back in ’07, he took an extra 15 minutes before the press conference even started and he went on his own onto the court, which was darkened at the time, and he looked up at each banner and he soaked it in. All 16 banners. He thought about each banner and he said he mentally hung a 17th banner up there. Then we went into the press conference. That’s the person we want here. Someone who gets it. Someone who Red Auerbach would be proud to coach. They’re out there and we’ll go get them.”
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
“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.”
And if Auerbach were still alive and running the Celtics today, there’s at least one person who thinks he also wouldn’t have traded Pierce and Garnett. “I would have bet money that he wouldn’t have done it,” Auerbach’s daughter, Randy Auerbach, told Yahoo Sports. “I don’t know everything that has happened of late, but what I knew of my dad, I don’t see him making that trade. “I would guarantee he wouldn’t have traded them. I’m definite in that.”
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.”
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.
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.
“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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
If you’re a Celtics fan or just a fan of the NBA and one of its founding fathers, there is an amazing opportunity to own some once-in-a-lifetime items which belonged to Red Auerbach. Some amazing items from his personal memorabilia collection are hitting the auction block.
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.”
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.”