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Boston Celtics legend passed away

Boston Celtics legend passed away

Two-time Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn, who won 10 NBA titles during his 20 seasons as a player and coach for the Boston Celtics, has passed away. He was 86 years old.

The team confirmed Heinsohn’s death on Tuesday. No further details were immediately available.

Heinsohn, who may also be as well known for his decades as a black commentator for the Celtics, spent his entire professional career in Boston, winning eight titles, including seven in a row from 1959 to 1965. The six-time All-Star was also the Rookie of the Year of 1957 and four times awarded with the second team of the NBA.

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After a three-year gap after ending his playing career, Heinsohn coached the Celtics from 1969 to 1978, leading Boston to titles in 1974 and 1976. He accumulated a career coaching record of 427-263; his win total remains the second-highest in Celtics history, behind only Red Auerbach’s 795.

Heinsohn was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 2015. Along with his Hall of Fame honors as a player in 1986, Heinsohn is one of only four people, along with Bill Sharman, John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens, to be in the Hall as a player and coach.

In 1981, Heinsohn, who had prior television experience, partnered with Mike Gorman to create a decades-long Celtics broadcast tandem. Although Heinsohn’s role diminished over the years, he was still in home games in the 2018-19 season and working as a studio analyst when the Celtics were on the road.

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Heinsohn is also in the College Basketball Hall of Fame for his time at Holy Cross, where he became the all-time leading scorer for the Crusaders at the time and still ranks fifth in school history. (GG) (ESPNDEPORTES.COM)

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