Tom Heinsohn Rumors
Q. How does a team go from a 39-33 record and a speedy three-game exit in the 1956 playoffs to a championship the next season? Bob Ryan: You get an impactful infusion of talent. Start with the greatest rookie duo ever in Rookie of the Year Tom Heinsohn and Most Valuable Player of the Century Bill Russell (who didn’t join the team until December after playing in the Melbourne Olympics). Then add returning soldier Frank Ramsey (like the other two, a Hall of Famer). Put them out there with Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman, the premier backcourt of the 1950s, and let ‘em go. It will forever be difficult to top the drama of the first Celtics title.
Justin Kubatko: Jayson Tatum last night: ✅ 29 PTS ✅ 5 AST ✅ 4-6 3P Tatum scored 118 points in the series, the most ever by a @Boston Celtics player in a four-game sweep: 118 – Tatum, 2022 EC1 108 – Tatum, 2020 EC1 101 – Larry Bird, 1986 ECF 97 – Tom Heinsohn, 1959 FIN 97 – Kemba Walker, 2020 EC1 pic.twitter.com/qmfquahoyf
The award recipient is selected annually by a committee comprised of some of the most respected coaches and basketball executives in the game, including Bernie Bickerstaff, Billy Cunningham, Joe Dumars, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley, Donnie Walsh and Lenny Wilkens. The award has been given out since 2009. Tom Heinsohn was the first recipient and others to win the honor include Pat Riley, Lenny Wilkens, Jerry Sloan and Bernie Bickerstaff.
Justin Kubatko: LeBron James will play in his 50th NBA Finals game tonight. Only six others have reached that mark: 70 – Bill Russell 64 – Sam Jones 56 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 55 – Jerry West 52 – Tom Heinsohn 50 – Magic Johnson James is the only player above to do so with three different teams.
StatMuse: Lu Dort making history tonight. Most points in a Game 7 before turning 22: 30 — Lu Dort tonight 27 — LeBron James 25 — Kobe Bryant Most points in a Game 7 by a rookie: 37 — Tom Heinsohn 32 — Tom Meschery 30 — Lu Dort tonight pic.twitter.com/TH8wlOQZkU