Boston Celtics icon, broadcaster and Hall of Fame member Tommy Heinsohn dead at 86

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One of the great characters in the NBA is gone.Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, Boston Celtics legend and ten-time NBA champion Tommy Heinsohn has died at the age of 86.

A native of Union City, NJ, Heinsohn had been involved in the Celtics organization for the past six decades as a player, coach and broadcaster.

Heinsohn made his debut in 1956 and spent his nine NBA seasons with the Celtics. Six-time all-star and four-time All-NBA member, Heinsohn finished his career averaging 18.6 points on 0.405 shots, 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 29.4 minutes per night in 654 games.

In eight of Heinsohn’s nine seasons, the Celtics have won the NBA title.

Heinsohn continued to coach the team from 1969 to 1978, posting an overall rating of 427-263 (0.619), winning the NBA title in 1974 and 1976.

Since 1981, Heinsohn has formed a popular duo with Mike Gorman as the Celtics’ broadcast team. A shameless circuit, Heinsohn was an exuberant analyst, awarding “Tommy Points” to unsung heroes of the game. In recent years, Heinsohn’s schedule has shrunk due to health complications.

Heinsohn was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame first in 1986 as a player and then again in 2015 as a coach, becoming one of only two people to hold this distinction alongside Lenny Wilkens.

A product of Holy Cross, Heinsohn was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.



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