This 2020 he continues to beat basketball and has put the NBA in mourning again. Tom Heinsohn, whose association with the Boston Celtics as a player, coach and collaborator spanned more than six decades, has died at the age of 86.
Heinsohn was part of the Celtics team that dominated the NBA in the 1960s. In fact, he won eight of the 11 rings that the team won during that hegemony. He was also a six-time All Star and also joined the team between 1969 and 1978. He is one of four people who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player and as a coach.
A native of New Jersey, Heinsohn played at Holy Cross from 1953 to 1956, being the best scorer in his school at the time with 1,789 points. The Celtics selected him in the 1956 regional draft and ended up withdrawing their No. 15 in 1965.
Although Heinshohn’s legacy is enormous for his charisma and his spirit, that he will always be part of the Celtics, the legend leaves a piece of information that no one, since 1957, has been able to match. Heinsohn is the only player in NBA history to be rookie of the year, appear on the All Star and win the championship in the same year. The title, of which he was an important part, was won along with other green legends such as Bull Russell, Bill Sharman, Bob Cousy or Frank Ramsay.
In his nine seasons in the NBA, Tommy Heinsohn averaged 18.6 points and 8.8 rebounds. He was a six-time All Star and won eight championships. Only Russell and Sam Jones, also his teammates on the Celtics, won more titles than he did as a player.
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