Happy 80th birthday, Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn!

Happy 80th birthday, Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn!
August 26, 2014, 4:45 pm
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BOSTON — It's a slow time around the NBA right now, but there's plenty to rejoice about today - the 80th birthday of our very own Tommy Heinsohn!

When you think of the all-time greats to have donned a Boston Celtics jersey, it's hard to come up with a list and not include Heinsohn.

Not only was he among the best to play for the franchise, but one of the few to have won titles both as a player and as a head coach.

And when you factor in his post-playing career, Heinsohn has been with the team in some capacity for all 17 championships.

But for those not old enough to remember him as a player or even a coach, there's more to the man than Tommy Points!

Here's a glimpse at the championship years in Heinsohn's Hall of Fame career which includes eight titles as a player (1957, 1959-1965) and another two as a coach (1974, 1976).


1957: 16.2  9.8

1959: 18.8  9.7

1960: 21.7  10.6

1961: 21.3  9.9

1962: 22.1  9.5

1963: 18.9  7.5

1964: 16.5  6.1

1965: 13.6  6.0

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: NBA rookie of the Year (1957); six-time All Star (1957, 1961-65); All-NBA Second team (1961-1964); No. 15 jersey retired (1966); NBA Coach of the Year (1973); Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1986); Jack McMahon Award by the National Basketball Coaches Association (1995); and the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award by the NBA Coaches Association (2009).