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Tom Heinsohn
Tom Heinsohn
Tommy 2008 Celtics.jpg
Heinsohn at the 2008 championship parade for the Boston Celtics
Personal information
Born (1934-08-26) August 26, 1934 (age 86)
Jersey City, New Jersey
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High schoolSaint Michael's
(Union City, New Jersey)
CollegeHoly Cross (1953–1956)
NBA draft1956 / Pick: Territorial Pick
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1956–1965
PositionPower forward
Number15
Career history
As player:
19561965Boston Celtics
As coach:
19691978Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points12,194 (18.6 ppg)
Rebounds5,749 (8.8 rpg)
Assists1,318 (2.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006
Thomas William Heinsohn (born August 26, 1934) is an American former 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 has since spent over 30 years as the color commentator for the Celtics' local broadcasts alongside play-by-play commentator Mike Gorman. He has been regarded as one of the most iconic and charismatic Celtics of the 1950s-60s championship teams, being called “the godfather of the city of Boston,” by former teammate John Havlicek.
Tom Heinsohn has been granted Hall of Fame status for his contributions as a player. He has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame for his success as a head coach. He also helped form the NBA Players Association. Heinsohn is 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.
Contents
1 Biography
1.1 College career
1.2 Professional career
1.3 Coaching career
1.4 Broadcasting career
1.5 Personal life and later career
2 Awards and honors
3 NBA career statistics
3.1 Regular season
3.2 Playoffs
4 Coaching record
5 See also
6 External links
7 References
Biography
College career
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Heinsohn was a standout at St. Michael's High School in nearby Union City. He accepted a scholarship to Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and became the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,789 points, an average of 22.1 points per game. During his senior year, Heinsohn scored a school record 51 points in a game against Boston College.
Professional career
Heinsohn during a game against the Philadelphia Warriors, circa 1962
In 1956, Heinsohn was chosen as the Boston Celtics 'regional', or 'territorial', draft pick. In his first season, Heinsohn played in an NBA All-Star Game, was named the NBA Rookie of the Year over teammate Bill Russell, and won his first championship ring. He was part of a Celtics squad that won eight NBA titles in nine years, including seven in a row between 1959 and 1965. In NBA history, only teammates Russell and Sam Jones won more championship rings during their playing careers. During his playing career, Heinsohn was named to six All-Star teams. On the day his teammate and fellow Holy Cross Crusader Bob Cousy retired, Heinsohn scored his 10,000th career point. His number 15 was retired by the Celtics in 1965.
Off the court, Heinsohn played an important leadership role in the NBA Players Association. He was the association's second president (following founding president Bob Cousy), and was instrumental in the league's acceptance of free agency following a showdown at the All-Star game in 1964, in which the All-Star players, led by Heinsohn, threatened to strike.
Coaching career
Heinsohn became the Celtics' head coach beginning in the 1969–70 season. He led the team to a league best 68–14 record during the 1972–73 season and was named Coach of the Year, although Boston was upset in the playoffs. The next season Heinsohn and the Celtics won the championship, and they claimed another title in 1976. He accumulated a career coaching record of 427–263.
On February 14, 2015, it was announced that Heinsohn would be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for a second time as a coaching inductee. He is one of five members of the class of 2015 who were directly elected and is just one of four people to be inducted as both a player and coach.
Broadcasting career
Heinsohn's broadcasting career began in 1966, calling play-by-play for WKBG's Celtics broadcasts, after being asked by Red Auerbach. He spent three seasons in this role before becoming coach in 1969. From 1990 to 1999, Heinsohn was the Celtics' road play-by-play man on WFXT, WSBK and WABU. In 1981, Heinsohn joined Mike Gorman as color commentator in the Celtics' television broadcasts; they have since become one of the longest-tenured tandems in sports broadcasting history. Occasionally, Bob Cousy makes appearances with the tandem of Heinsohn and Gorman. On Celtics broadcasts, Heinsohn likes to point out players who display extra hustle to help the team by giving them "Tommy Points." One player in each game has exceptional play and hustle highlighted for the "Tommy Award". During broadcasts he is known for his sense of humor and indignantly questioning game officials when calls against the Celtics appear to be made in error.
For a time in the 1980s, Heinsohn was in the same capacity during CBS's playoff coverage of the NBA (with Dick Stockton), calling four Finals from 1984 to 1987, three of which involved the Boston Celtics against the Los Angeles Lakers. Heinsohn also teamed with Brent Musburger, Verne Lundquist, and James Brown during his time with CBS. Heinsohn also called NCAA college basketball during the Men's Tournaments starting with the 1986-87 season, later devoting more time to calling college games for CBS than the pros, being used for regular season as well as tournament games until the 1990 NCAA men's basketball tournament. For NCAA games, Heinsohn was typically paired with Verne Lundquist. After the 1987 NBA season, Heinsohn was moved from the primary color analyst role to 2nd on the network's depth chart, being paired with Brent Musburger for the 1987-88 season, calling solely playoff games. Heinsohn in the 1988-89 season again only called playoff games, paired with Verne Lundquist. In his final season, Heinsohn called a regular season game for CBS as well as early round 1990 NBA playoff games with James Brown.
Personal life and later career
Away from the court, Heinsohn enjoys painting and playing golf; he once headed a life insurance company.
Recently, Heinsohn has worked fewer games due to age and health issues. Brian Scalabrine, the Celtics' studio analyst, has filled in for Heinsohn during his rare absences at home games and now has taken over for Heinsohn on all road games. He started to take on this role during the 2012–13 NBA season, and during the 2014–2015 NBA season became full-time on road games. When the Celtics are having a road game, Heinsohn works as a studio analyst on the Celtics' television broadcasts.
Awards and honors
The number-15 jersey was retired by the Boston Celtics in 1966.
10-time NBA Champion (eight as a player, two as a head coach)
1957 Rookie of the Year
Six-time NBA All-Star
1973 Coach of the Year
Two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (as a player in 1986, and as a coach in 2015)
Recipient of the 1995 Jack McMahon Award by the National Basketball Coaches Association
Recipient of the 2009 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award by the NBA Coaches Association
Number 15 retired by the Boston Celtics.
Number 24 retired by Holy Cross
NBA career statistics
Legend
  GP
Games played
  GS 
Games started
 MPG 
Minutes per game
 FG% 
Field goal percentage
 3P% 
3-point field goal percentage
 FT% 
Free throw percentage
 RPG 
Rebounds per game
 APG 
Assists per game
 SPG 
Steals per game
 BPG 
Blocks per game
 PPG 
Points per game
 Bold 
Career high
 † 
Won an NBA championship
Regular season
Year
Team
GP
MPG
FG%
FT%
RPG
APG
PPG
1956–57†
Boston
72
29.9
.397
.790
9.8
1.6
16.2
1957–58
Boston
69
32.0
.382
.746
10.2
1.8
17.8
1958–59†
Boston
66
31.7
.390
.798
9.7
2.5
18.8
1959–60†
Boston
75
32.3
.423
.733
10.6
2.3
21.7
1960–61†
Boston
74
30.5
.400
.767
9.9
1.9
21.3
1961–62†
Boston
79
30.2
.429
.819
9.5
2.1
22.1
1962–63†
Boston
76
26.4
.423
.835
7.5
1.3
18.9
1963–64†
Boston
76
26.8
.398
.827
6.1
2.4
16.5
1964–65†
Boston
67
25.5
.383
.795
6.0
2.3
13.6
Career
654
29.4
.405
.790
8.8
2.0
18.6
Playoffs
Year
Team
GP
MPG
FG%
FT%
RPG
APG
PPG
1957†
Boston
10
37.0
.390
.710
11.7
2.0
22.9
1958
Boston
11
31.7
.351
.778
10.8
1.6
17.5
1959†
Boston
11
31.6
.414
.661
8.9
2.9
19.9
1960†
Boston
13
32.5
.419
.750
9.7
2.1
21.8
1961†
Boston
10
29.1
.408
.767
9.9
2.0
19.7
1962†
Boston
14
31.8
.399
.763
8.2
2.4
20.7
1963†
Boston
13
31.8
.456
.765
8.9
1.2
24.7
1964†
Boston
10
30.8
.389
.810
8.0
2.6
17.4
1965†
Boston
12
23.0
.365
.625
7.0
1.9
12.7
Career
104
31.0
.402
.743
9.2
2.1
19.8
Coaching record
Legend
Regular season
G
Games coached
W
Games won
L
Games lost
W–L %
Win–loss %
Playoffs
PG
Playoff games
PW
Playoff wins
PL
Playoff losses
PW–L %
Playoff win–loss %
Team
Year
G
W
L
W–L%
Finish
PG
PW
PL
PW–L%
Result
Boston
1969–70
82
34
48
.415
6th in Eastern
Missed Playoffs
Boston
1970–71
82
44
38
.537
3rd in Eastern
Missed Playoffs
Boston
1971–72
82
56
26
.683
4th in Eastern
11
5
6
.455
Lost in Conf. Finals
Boston
1972–73
82
68
14
.829
1st in Atlantic
13
7
6
.538
Lost in Conf. Finals
Boston
1973–74
82
56
26
.683
1st in Atlantic
18
12
6
.667
Won NBA Championship
Boston
1974–75
82
60
22
.732
1st in Atlantic
11
6
5
.545
Lost in Conf. Finals
Boston
1975–76
82
54
28
.659
1st in Atlantic
18
12
6
.667
Won NBA Championship
Boston
1976–77
82
44
38
.537
2nd in Atlantic
9
5
4
.556
Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Boston
1977–78
34
11
23
.324
3rd in Atlantic
(released)
Career
690
427
263
.619
80
47
33
.588
See also
List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 30 or more rebounds in a game
List of NBA players with most championships
External links
Tom Heinsohn at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Tom Heinsohn on IMDb
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