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Remembering Red Auerbach

"The Yankees won 25 championships. What did it take them, a hundred years? Red won nine in 10. He was the best coach in the history of professional sports. Period."
-- Bill Russell

"He's the greatest manager of men, in all walks of life."
-- John Thompson

"He had a touch with people and could get them committed to what he was doing. He made the Celtics into basketball's Cosa Nostra. We believed it was our thing."
-- Tommy Heinsohn

"He always let me know that more than anybody else, he knew what I was doing. I really loved working with him. It was almost like we were soul mates."
-- Bill Russell

"He's the Godfather of the Celtics."
-- John Havlicek

"Arnold knew how to judge talent, he knew how to acquire it, and he knew how to motivate it."
-- Bob Cousy

"The world thought he was tough and mean and gruff and all that -- and underneath he was really a pussycat, if you knew him well. He'd be mad at me if he knew I said that."
-- Bob Cousy

"This is not the passing of a man, it's the passing of an institution."
-- M.L. Carr

"I have a lot of fun and fond memories of Red from early in my career. I don't think there's a legend who was as beloved as Red is in Boston."
-- Danny Ainge

"I remember the first time I came here, playing in his golf classic. And I sat down and talked to him for about an hour. I was just thinking, 'Red Auerbach is taking time to sit down and talk to me, a rookie who's unproven and hasn't done anything in the NBA. I thought that was something special. I'll remember that for the rest of my life."
-- Paul Pierce

"Red was a true champion and one whose legacy transcends the Celtics and basketball. He was the gold standard in coaching and civil leadership, and he set an example that continues today."
-- Sen. Ted Kennedy

"Boston lost one of its greatest citizens. He cut me from the Celtics, but I've never admired a person more."
-- Ray Flynn

"He had a great run."He fooled us into thinking it would never end."
-- David Stern

Red and the Celtics celebrated winning the Eastern Division in 1963 en route to a fifth straight NBA title.
Red and the Celtics celebrated winning the Eastern Division in 1963 en route to a fifth straight NBA title. (AP File Photo)

Loss of a Legend

Arnold "Red" Auerbach, who for more than half a century was the personification of basketball's greatest dynasty, the Boston Celtics, died at 89. (By Peter May, Boston Globe)
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Red was just full of color

Red Auerbach folklore is extensive: The cigar. The bad driving ... (Boston Globe)

For decades, he lit up our lives

We were so lucky. We had Red Auerbach for nearly 57 NBA seasons. (Boston Globe)

Tough man had a tender side

The first time I met Red Auerbach, I was 22 years old, and I was terrified. (Boston Globe)
The Red Auerbach statue at Faneuil Hall, adorned with flowers on the day after his death.
The Red Auerbach statue at Faneuil Hall, adorned with flowers on the day after his death. (Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Fans join franchise in tribute to Auerbach

A single, empty seat, adorned with 16 green roses and a Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur cigar, remained unoccupied last night for the Celtics' season opener. It was Red Auerbach's customary seat at the Garden -- Loge 12, Row 7, Seat 1 -- and the makeshift memorial served as a final reminder to all. (Boston Globe, 11/2/06)

Auerbach's spirit lives on

They came old and they came young. Men and women. Caucasians and people of color. But they were all united in love for a man who had affected them in ways that will last for the rest of their lives. (Boston Globe, 11/1/06)

Friends and admirers share parting thoughts

You could never ever make this up. "We were looking for my dad's casket," said Nancy Auerbach. "My daughter Julie saw one in the back of the room. It was lined in Celtic green. So he's going down in Celtic green, all the way." (Boston Globe, 10/31/06)

Team runs with this topic

Drawing from an incomparable wealth of life and basketball experiences, Red Auerbach was a master storyteller. (By Shira Springer, Boston Globe)

'You'll never see another Red'

As word of Auerbach's death made its way through a crowd exiting a Bruins game, some described the Red Auerbach as "the heart of the Celtics" and a Boston institution. (Boston Globe)

His cigar habit ignited controversy

In Red's time on the sideline, it would have been unthinkable if an imminent Celtics victory weren’t heralded by plumes of smoke emanating from a cigar that was roughly as large as the team’s lead. (By Bob Duffy, Boston Globe)

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And even though I don’t smoke them, I will have a cigar in my pocket at the Celtics' opener. I’m sure many others will as well. (By Jesse Nunes)

How money changed Red Auerbach's game

The NBA has changed a great deal over the past 50 years, and it is worth asking whether the traits that made Red Auerbach great still have a place in the modern game. (Boston Globe, 11/1/06)

Impact was boundless

Red Auerbach was a legend, someone to be loved, hated, envied, studied, and ultimately treasured. There will never, ever be anyone like Auerbach again. (Boston Globe, 10/31/06)
From the Archives: Past Globe articles on Red Auerbach
 Seeing Red
(By John Feinstein, 10/3/04)
 The Red saga
(By Will McDonough, 1/4/85)
 Fogey with a stogie
(By Leigh Montville, 1/6/85)
 Double duty nothing to Auerbach
(By Peter May, 11/2/95)
 Auerbach rustled up quite a deal
(By Peter May, 5/26/99)
 Auerbach's legacy remains unflagging
(By John Powers, 12/23/99)
 Still Smokin'
(By Stan Grossfeld, 2/11/04)
 At 65, he's still Red-hot
(By Michael Madden, 10/18/83)
 Auerbach has become the ultimate winner
(By Will McDonough , 5/18/81)
 Red all over
(By John Powers, 11/3/99)