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Tom Heinsohn
Personal information
Full name Thomas William Heinsohn
Born August 26, 1934
Jersey City, New Jersey
Died November 9, 2020 (aged 86)
Newton, Massachusetts
Nationality Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight: 218 lbs (99 kg)
Career information
High school Saint Michael's
(Union City, New Jersey)
College Holy Cross (1953–1956)
NBA Draft 1956 / Pick: Territorial pick
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1956–1965 (9 years)
Position Power Forward
Jersey no. 15
Coaching career 1969–1978 (9 years)
Career history

As player:

19561965 Boston Celtics

As coach:

19691978 Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

  • 2× NBA champion (1974, 1976)
  • NBA Coach of the Year (1973)
  • 4× NBA All-Star Game head coach (1972–1974, 1976)
  • Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)

Thomas William Heinsohn (August 26, 1934 – November 9, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. He has been associated with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for six decades as a player, coach and broadcaster.

He played for the Celtics from 1956 to 1965, and also coached the team from 1969 to 1978. He spent over 30 years as the color commentator for the Celtics' local broadcasts alongside play-by-play commentator Mike Gorman. He is regarded as one of the most iconic Celtics figures in the franchise's history, known during his lifetime for his charisma and loyalty to the team and its traditions. From this he earned the nickname “Mr. Celtic”.

Heinsohn was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his contributions as a player. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for his success as a head coach. He also helped form the NBA Players Association. Heinsohn was the only person to have the distinction of being involved in an official team capacity in each of the Celtics' 17 championships, as well as each of their 21 NBA Finals appearances.

Heinsohn died at his home from kidney failure on November 9, 2020, at the age of 86.

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