June 4, 1988
Larry Stewart is unfair in his criticism of Tom Heinsohn. Heinsohn makes fewer mistakes than Chick Hearn and certainly does not make as many juvenile comments as Hearn. Heinsohn offers genuine professional insight during commentary. Hearn seeks to create excitement. RICHARD RAFFALOW Van Nuys
June 11, 1988
Tom Heinsohn's commentary during the Laker-Dallas series was brilliant, especially during the seventh game. His has the ability to grasp quickly the strategic intricacies of a game situation and communicate them succinctly, forcefully and enthusiastically. Heinsohn is definitely the best TV analyst the NBA has ever had. Not having him work the championship series has been a loss for NBA fans. ROBERT FUGLER Fullerton
May 24, 1986
In a recent interview relative to the induction of Tom Heinsohn to the Basketball Hall of Fame, he was clearly heard to state that should he ever play against Billy Cunningham again, he would "trip him, do anything to win." This is an illicit statement, although characteristic of Heinsohn. It is also unfortunately characteristic of his former and present team, the Celtics. If there is any reason to disqualify him (impeach him) from the so-called Basketball Hall of Fame, his statements, actions, uncouth and biased boring behavior on an ongoing basis should suffice.
June 11, 1986
Skip Myslenski of the Chicago Tribune asked Tom Heinsohn how announcing compared to coaching, and Heinsohn recalled the fifth game of the 1975-76 championship series between the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns. Boston won it in triple overtime, 128-126, and some have called it the greatest game in NBA history. "It was a really, really tough basketball game," Heinsohn said. "After the game was over, there was this throng of newspaper people that got me in a corner, and I had to sit down.
March 13, 2004 |
So do NBA officials have it in for Shaquille O'Neal? Tom Heinsohn, a former Boston Celtic player and coach who is now a television commentator for the team, doesn't see it that way. Peter Vecsey of the New York Post heard this from Heinsohn on a Celtic telecast: "You cannot establish defensive position on him. He's allowed to just back in you as forcefully as he wants with this 300-pound body of his. He gets away with more than any big man in league history.
June 15, 1988 |
I learned something in watching Israeli TV coverage of the European basketball championships while in Jerusalem recently. I learned that you don't necessarily need sportscasters on a sports telecast. The Israelis had them, but we didn't talk the same language. Unable to understand the Hebrew-speaking announcers doing the games, however, I still could follow the action merely from the pictures. It was simple: The ball either went in the hoop or it didn't.