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Red Auerbach
A Master at Winning – Red Auerbach

Boston Celtics Basketball History

 

Although coach Red Auberach wasn’t well received by

Boston fans and media when back in 1950 he took over a

struggling Boston Celtics basketball team, he gained their

support when his teams ‘kept winning and winning.’

 

‘Red Auerbach had the greatest of ears,’ legendary center Bill

Russell told the USA Today in 2004. ‘After he talked to players

four times, he knew how to communicate with him. And that’s

important. And you can’t treat everyone the same. If you

treated everyone the same, they’d all get the same salary.’

 

Russell continued, ‘Each year after I got in shape, Red didn’t

have me scrimmage anymore. He said he’s not going to

play me 46 minutes a game and wear me out in practice, too.

So when we started scrimmaging, I’d go sit on the scorer’s

table and drink tea.’

 

Win He Did!

 

Red Auberach posted a career record of 938 wins and 479

losses as a professional coach, 1946-1966. His Boston Celtics

teams won 9 NBA championships, including a record eight in

a row, from 1959-1966.

 

Well Listen Up Fans!

 

Here was Red Auerbach’s game plan!

 

A great judge of talent and desire, he choose players who would

respond to his style of coaching. He blended his players into

quick and defensively aggressive teams.

 

The Boston Celtics won their 1st NBA championship in 1957

led by center Bill Russell, fast break guard Bill Cousy and

Ed Macauley, a frontcourt shot maker.

 

Well known for his aggressive on-court antics, Red Auerbach

arguably fought with the referees. He yelled and charged them

with a rolled up game program and once when referees Mendy

Rudolph and Sid Borgia slapped 3 technical fouls on him and

Auerbach responded by ordering his team off the floor – and this

was during an exhibition game.

 

In 1957 Red Auerbach so angered ST Louis Hawks owner,

Ben Kerner, when the Celtics measured the height of the

basketballs to make sure they were within regulation size

that Kerner charged Auerbach. Red won that argument by

punching the Hawks owner squarely in his mouth.

 

His trademark was an unlit cigar sticking out of his mouth. He

seemed delighted to enrage opposing owners, coaches and

players when he lit his victory cigar in the closing moments of

a game the Celtics had already put away. Some opposing

players were quoted as saying ‘they didn’t care about the

NBA championship; they just wanted to squash Red Auerbach’s

cigar.’

 

Auerbach’s Celtics won six NBA titles after he took over the helm

of general manager, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981 and 1984. He

corralled Indiana State star forward, Larry Bird, by exploiting a

little followed loophole to draft Bird after finishing his junior

year at Indiana State.  


Coach Red Auerbach
Pioneering head coach leads Boston Celtics

Red Auerbach

 

Coach of the Washington Capitals 1946-1949; Tri-Cities

Blackhawks of Illinois 1949-1950; Boston Celtics 1950-1965;

General Manager of Boston Celtics 1966-1985; President of

Boston Celtics 1986-2006 and US Navy 1943-1945

 

A powerful force as a pioneering coach in NBA basketball history,

Red Auerbach led the Boston Celtics to 9 NBA championships,

including a record setting eight straight from 1959-1966. In all

Red Auerbach collected 16 NBA Titles for Boston counting

his seven as general manager and president.

 

After coaching several high schools in the Washington DC area

Red Auerbach proudly served in the United States Navy, 1943-1945,

during World War II.

 

Auerbach started his pro coaching career in 1946-1947 with the

now defunct Washington Capitals of the Basketball Association of

America, a league that later became the NBA (National Basketball

Association). He guided the Washington Capitals to a sterling

49-11 regular season record, winning the Eastern Division Title.

However the Philadelphia Warriors captured the BAA Crown.

 

After three seasons Red Auerbach took a coaching job in Illinois

for The Tri Cities Blackhawks 1949-50.

 

A year later Walter Brown, the owner of the Boston Celtics,

signed Red Auerbach as head coach. In 1966 after 20 years as head

coach, the last 16 with the Celtics, he turned the head coaching duties

to star center Bill Russell and became the Celtics general manager.

 

Three years later, 1969, he was voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame 

and in 1980 was named the Greatest Coach in history of the NBA by

the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America. As a

coach Red Auberach retired with a then win loss record of 938-479.

 

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Learning to coach by Red Auerbach
Hall of Fame Coach compiled a stunning 938-479 win/loss record

Learning to Coach by Red Auerbach

 

Hall of Fame Coach compiled a stunning 938-479

win/loss record

 

Born in Brooklyn on September 20 1917 and named Arnold Jacob

Auerbach. His Russian immigrant father played a major role in

encouraging him to receive a first class education in the years

following the Great Depression. Nick named Red during his youth,

Auerbach played guard during his years at Eastern District High

School in Brooklyn and at George Washington University.

 

Soon after, the 5 feet 10 inch Auerbach coached high school

basketball in the Washington DC area using a new fast break style

of play taught to him by his high school coach, Bill Reinhart.

 

‘I’ll always credit my high school coach, Bill Reinhart,

for my successful pro basketball career. I learned the value

of hard aggressive team work and was the first to use the

fast break style in professional play in the NBA,’ said Red

Auerbach.

 

‘Indeed I was able to use Bob Cousy, KC Jones and Sam Jones

quickness along with the tall Bill Russell to dominate the

NBA during the 1960s. I always felt a coach needed a sparkplug

on offensive and defense to win  at any level of play.

 

Former Boston Celtic star John Havlicek, NBA Hall of Fame

forward, once said,’ Red Auberbach greatest talent was knowing

how to handle men and how to react to any game situation. He

would curse us, coddle us, maybe even engage us. Anything he

thought would make us perform better.’ 

 

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