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Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn, who won 10 NBA titles over his 20 seasons as a player and coach for the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 86.
The team confirmed Heinsohn’s death on Tuesday.
“This is a devastating loss,” the team’s owners said in a statement. “Tommy was the ultimate Celtic. For the past 18 years, our ownership group has relied hugely on Tommy’s advice and insights and have reveled in his hundreds of stories about Red Auerbach, Bill Russell, and how the Celtics became a dynasty. He will be remembered forever.”
Heinsohn, who may be just as well known for his decades as a color commentator for the Celtics, spent his entire professional career in Boston, winning eight titles — including seven straight from 1959 to 1965. Heinsohn was the team’s leading scorer in four of the championship seasons. The six-time All-Star was also the 1957 Rookie of the Year and a four-time All-NBA second-team honoree.
Heinsohn retired in 1965 with totals of 12,194 points and 5,749 rebounds.
Following a three-year gap after his playing career ended, Heinsohn coached the Celtics from 1969 to 1978, leading Boston to titles