Tommy Heinsohn, who played on, coached, and provided color for Boston Celtics championship teams as a broadcaster, has died.
Heinsohn, in fact, was involved with all 17 of the Celtics championships as a player, then a coach, then a color commentator. That last role is perhaps the one Celtics fans of all generations will remember him best for. Who hasn’t awarded their fave Celts a “Tommy Point,” or cheered and jeered along with the TV as Heinsohn ripped into the refs.
Heinsohn was 86. Read this Boston Globe piece on his life and career. And please enjoy my all-time favorite quote by one of the most quotable Boston sports personalities of all-time.
"Look, all I know is, the guy won two NCAA championships, 50-some college games in a row, the ['56] Olympics, then he came to Boston and won 11 championships in 13 years, and they named the fucking tunnel after Ted Williams."— a guillotine IS a siege weapon, actually (@galvileo) November 10, 2020
- Tommy Heinsohn on his friend Bill Russell