coach of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Boston
from 1950 to 1966, Red Auerbach's teams won nine World
Championships'eight in succession, nine within 10 years'
(1957–1966, except 1958) and 11 division titles.
The Auerbach-coached Celtics won 938,
lost 479 (regular season), and 99–69 (playoffs).
While other NBA coaches in recent times have produced dominating
franchises, Auerbach is considered the most successful
professional basketball coach of all time.
Auerbach also coached the Basketball Association of America's
(BAA) Washington Capitols from 1946 to 1949 and the Tri-Cities
team in 1949-50, the NBA's first operating season.
His 1946-47 and 1948-49 Caps teams won Division
As general manager of the Celtics following his coaching
career, the Boston team won NBA titles in 1968, 1969, 1974,
1976, and 1981. In 1980, he was named NBA Executive of
Red has received practically every honor that can be bestowed
upon a professional basketball coach and executive, including
election to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968. In 1971,
on the NBA's
twenty-fifth anniversary, he was selected the NBA's Silver
Anniversary Coach (best coach of the League's first
quarter century). In 1980, the Professional Basketball
Writers Association of America named Red the Greatest Coach
History of the NBA.
Auerbach's colorful trademark was the lighting up of a
long cigar on the team bench when he was certain his Celtics
a game "in the win column"—even while the
contest was still being played.
Auerbach is the author of
the highly regarded basketball book, Basketball for the
Player, the Fan and the Coach.