HALL of Famer and Boston Celtics great Tom Heinsohn, who was involved in all 17 NBA titles won by the franchise, has died at the age of 86, the team confirmed Tuesday.
Heinsohn’s association with the Celtics spanned six decades as a player, coach and commentator. The six-time All Star won eight NBA titles in nine seasons as a player and two more as coach.
“For all of his accomplishments as a player, coach, and broadcaster, it is Tommy’s rich personality that defined the man,” the Celtics said in a statement. “A loving father, grandfather, and husband. A talented painter and a lively golf partner. Unofficial mentor to decades of Celtics coaches and players. A frequent constructive critic of referees. Originator of the most ‘Celtic stat’ of them all, The Tommy Point. And a boundless love for all things Boston Celtics, a passion which he shared with fans over 64 years.”
Heinsohn is just one of four people to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, joining Celtics teammate Bill Sharman, Lenny Wilkens and John Wooden.