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Red Auerbach

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach

Full Name: Arnold Jacob Auerbach
Profession: NBA Head Coach

United States of America

Biography: Known as a pioneer of modern basketball, he redefined basketball as a game dominated by team play and defense, and also introduced the fast break as a potent offensive weapon.

As a coach, he won 938 games and nine NBA championships. As general manager and team president of the Boston Celtics, he won an additional seven NBA titles, for a grand total of 16 in a span of 29 years, making him one of the most successful team officials in the history of North American professional sports.

Born: September 20, 1917
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: October 28, 2006 (aged 89)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1941-06-05 NBA coach Red Auerbach (23) weds Dorothy Lewis

Historical Events

  • 1950-10-05 Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown & coach Red Auerbach draw lots out of hat for 3 members of defunct Chicago Stags franchise; hit jackpot with future 6-time NBA champion, Bob Cousy
  • 1966-01-12 Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach records his 1,000th NBA career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston
  • 1966-04-26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

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