NBA legend Tommy Heinsohn has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NBA legend Tommy Heinsohn has passed away. He was 86.

An official cause of death has not been reported yet. Heinsohn had several illnesses before his death.

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Boston Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss told the New York Times, according to the Boston Globe, Heinsohn had ‘multiple illnesses, including diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD.

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Heinsohn was an eight-time NBA Champion as a player from 1956 through 1965. He also won two additional NBA Championships as a coach from 1969 through 1978.

As a player, he was also the 1957 NBA Rookie of the Year. He was a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA Second-Team.

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His No. 15 is retired by the Boston Celtics. His No. 24 college jersey has been also retired by the Holy Cross Crusaders.

Heinsohn is a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer. He was first inducted as a player in 1986. Then, in 2015, he was inducted as a coach.

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He was the recipient of the 1995 Jack Mahon Award by the National Basketball Coaches Association. In addition, he was the recipient of the 2009 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award by the NBA Coaches Association.

As a player, he average 18.6 points per game with 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 654 games. When he led the Celtics, he went 427-263 in 690 games.

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