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January 18, 1988
It's somewhat ironic that the Boston Celtics have had so much success with the three-point shot, because it was Red Auerbach who led a campaign against it before it was adopted by the NBA in 1979-80. Little did Auerbach know that Chris Ford and rookie Larry Bird would become two of the game's best and that Danny Ainge later would become a record-breaker. Ford, now a Celtic assistant coach, made the first three-pointer in NBA history.
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June 3, 2010
Times staff writer Chris Dufresne recaps the Lakers' nine finals losses (and two victories) against the Celtics: 1958-59: Land of lakes If we're going to claim five NBA titles from Minneapolis we also have to absorb this 4-0 sweep. It was Boston's second title for Red Auerbach and Bill Russell. The Lakers no longer had George Mikan but were led by Elgin Baylor, who averaged 25 points and 15 rebounds as a rookie. If only defending NBA champion St. Louis had won Game 7 of the Eastern finals.
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October 29, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Arnold "Red" Auerbach, who built and sustained the Boston Celtics, professional basketball's greatest dynasty, through meticulous scouting, innovative coaching, cunning deal-making and fiery leadership, died Saturday, said NBA spokesman Tim Frank. He was 89. Auerbach reportedly died of a heart attack near his home in Washington, D.C. "Nobody has had as much impact on a sport as Red Auerbach had on the game of basketball. He was a pioneer of the NBA.
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June 17, 2009 | MARK HEISLER, ON THE NBA
Truth be told, Phil Jackson didn't really care whether he had one more title than Red Auerbach or one fewer, although if he had to choose he'd take "more." As far as Auerbach was concerned, it may be better he didn't live to see Jackson pass him, just as he didn't live to see the Celtics Dancers. The Celtics actually waited until Auerbach's death at 89 in 2006 before unveiling a dance troupe, either out of sensitivity to his feelings . . . or knowing someone would ask him about it and he'd sneer at it. So, no, he wouldn't have liked people asking how it felt to be No. 2 to Jackson, whom Auerbach could remember as that curly-haired hippie on the Knicks' bench.
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April 19, 1987 | FREDERICK WATERMAN, United Press International
Basketball's innovators are usually its offensive players--the ones whose shots, skills or size become their sport's newest weapon. UPI, in a search for the top innovators--five players most responsible for the revolution in professional basketball--turned for an answer to 69-year-old Red Auerbach, president of the Boston Celtics, who has seen them all in 41 years as coach or club executive.
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May 10, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Red Auerbach, Boston Celtic president, will undergo a cardiac catheterization procedure today to determine whether heart surgery is necessary. Auerbach, 75, checked into a hospital Friday after suffering chest discomfort.
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June 20, 2005
"I hope not." Red Auerbach, former Boston Celtic coach, who is tied with Phil Jackson for most NBA coaching titles with nine, on whether Jackson can win his 10th championship without Shaquille O'Neal
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June 19, 1993 | Associated Press
Boston Celtic President Red Auerbach underwent open-heart surgery Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital, medical center spokesman Martin Bander said. Auerbach, 75, was listed in satisfactory condition in the cardiac surgical recovery room. Five arteries were bypassed during the six-hour operation, Bander said. Auerbach, the winningest coach in NBA history, had been at the hospital last month for procedures to clear two blocked arteries.
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May 13, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Red Auerbach, president of the Boston Celtics, underwent a second round of surgery Wednesday to clear blocked arteries and was expected to spend a few more days in a hospital. Auerbach, 75, underwent a procedure that scraped clear a blocked artery, said Martin S. Bander, spokesman for Massachusetts General Hospital. On Monday, doctors performed angioplasty on Auerbach, a procedure in which a tiny balloon is inserted to compress fatty substances blocking the artery.
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June 28, 1986
I find it most amazing that the Boston Celtics did so well without any mention of the coach, K. C. Jones. Not one feature article on the head coach of the Celtics in the L.A. Times. Red Auerbach, Larry Bird and others were written about, yet K. C. Jones received his 10th championship ring. SHIRLEY J. BAILEY Los Angeles
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October 30, 2006 | J.A. Adande
The surest sign of the respect Phil Jackson had for Red Auerbach is the way he refrained from making derogatory comments about him. He didn't fire the shots, even though you knew he had them loaded. Snarky comments come naturally to Jackson. It's almost as if they're an essential part of his being, like swimming to a shark. He has made dismissive remarks about opposing coaches, entire cities, even religions. But not Auerbach.
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October 29, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
It was bad enough that the Lakers never beat the Boston Celtics, a string of words Jerry Buss once called "the most odious sentence in all of sport." But did Red Auerbach always have to rub their noses in it? Auerbach, 89, died Saturday of a heart attack, but he won't soon be forgotten by Lakers fans. His Bill Russell-led teams built their dynasty by consistently denying the Lakers, crushing the dreams of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain.
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October 29, 2006 | Mark Heisler, Times Staff Writer
Goodbye to the one and only Red. There's little remaining of the dynasty Red Auerbach built. The Celtics mystique is a memory and Boston Garden has been torn down. The team plays on a copy of the old parquet floor in a new arena that opened as the FleetCenter until a merger gave the bank the idea of holding a promotion, auctioning off naming rights weekly to fans. It ended after someone from New York won and tried to call it the Derek Jeter Center.
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October 29, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Arnold "Red" Auerbach, who built and sustained the Boston Celtics, professional basketball's greatest dynasty, through meticulous scouting, innovative coaching, cunning deal-making and fiery leadership, died Saturday, said NBA spokesman Tim Frank. He was 89. Auerbach reportedly died of a heart attack near his home in Washington, D.C. "Nobody has had as much impact on a sport as Red Auerbach had on the game of basketball. He was a pioneer of the NBA.
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June 20, 2005
"I hope not." Red Auerbach, former Boston Celtic coach, who is tied with Phil Jackson for most NBA coaching titles with nine, on whether Jackson can win his 10th championship without Shaquille O'Neal
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March 24, 2005
*--* COACH VICTORIES WINNING PCT. 1. Lenny Wilkens 1,332 536 2. Don Nelson 1,190 577 3. Pat Riley 1,110 661 4. Bill Fitch 944 460 T5. Red Auerbach 938 662 T5. Jerry Sloan 938 607 7. Dick Motta 935 479 8. Larry Brown 975 569 9. Jack Ramsay 864 525 10. Cotton Fitzsimmons 832 518 *--*
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June 7, 1986
Face it, Sid Fernandez is a very successful reclamation project of Mets' Manager Davey Johnson, not necessarily a trade gaffe for the Dodgers. Tommy Lasorda has offered no evidence that he has the leadership qualities that could have influenced Fernandez to lose enough weight to become an effective pitcher. Many fans remember the former UCLA and pro basketball player, Willie Naulls, who was an under-performer known as the Whale with the Knicks, but improved dramatically when he lost tonnage for Red Auerbach.
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May 9, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Red Auerbach, president of the Boston Celtics, underwent hospital tests Saturday, a day after suffering chest discomfort. Celtic spokesman Jeff Twiss said Auerbach, 75, checked himself into Massachusetts General Hospital on Friday night, after the team's end-of-season dinner. Auerbach drove himself to the hospital.
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June 6, 2004 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
At 86, the body is frail. The man who led the Boston Celtics to the top of the basketball world time and again over a span of nearly three decades requires a cane -- a Celtic-green cane, of course -- to walk. The mind, however, is still sharp. Arnold "Red" Auerbach, architect of his sport's greatest dynasty, remains an avid observer, fascinating historian and honest critic of the NBA, and a fierce defender of his legacy.
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May 19, 2003 | Mike Hiserman
Phil Jackson will have to wait at least another year if he hopes to coach a record 10th NBA champion, breaking his tie with Red Auerbach, who won nine as coach of the Boston Celtics. And don't think the old guy with the stogie isn't breathing a sigh of relief. Interviewed on the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio, Auerbach was asked if he rooted against Jackson and the Lakers. "Absolutely," he said.
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