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Tommy Heinsohn Dies: Longtime NBA Announcer & Basketball Hall Of Famer Was 86

Tommy Heinsohn Dies: Longtime NBA Announcer & Basketball Hall Of Famer Was 86

Tommy Heinsohn, who won 10 NBA titles with the Boston Celtics as a player or coach and went on to a decades-long career as an announcer, died Tuesday in Boston, the club announced. He was 86.

“This is a devastating loss,” the Celtics ownership 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.”

A popular and respected Beantown legend, Heinsohn won eight titles with the Celtics as a player — including seven in a row from 1959-65 — and two more behind the bench during the 1970s. He is one of only four people inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Heinsohn partnered with Mike Gorman

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