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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 30: Former Boston Celtics player and head coach Tommy Heinsohn talks to the news media after attending legendary NBA coach Red Auerbach's viewing at Joseph Gawler's Sons Inc. funeral home October 30, 2006 in Washington, DC. Auerbach, who led the Celtics to 16 NBA championships as either coach, general manager or club president, died Saturday at the age of 89. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.