Living legend Arnold "Red" Auerbach led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA championships, eight of them consecutive, during his 17 year tenure in Boston, from 1950 to 1966. The fiery coach is a unique personality; brash, opinionated, and unfailingly accurate. As a coach, he never stood still along the sidelines, and in retirement he remains a lively part of the game, still consulted by coaches, players, and general managers at age 86.
For years, John Feinstein has met regularly with Red Auerbach and his friends, drawing out Red's life story in a raucous series of unforgettable sessions. From those smoke-and laughter-filled rooms come the colorful reports about all the players and coaches Red has worked with and played against over the years. Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Sam Jones, Bill Russell, and Michael Jordan, you name them, the basketball greats are all here.
Red Auerbach's incredible experiences in sports and John Feinstein's unparalleled skill as a sports storyteller make this one of the greatest books to come out of the game of basketball.
"These great storytellers make this book so effortless to read that you can almost hear Red reciting each line and smell him lighting up that famous cigar." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fascinating life story, a terrific basketball book, and a compelling look at generations communicating around a modern-day campfire." (Booklist)
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Growing up in Indiana, basketball was almost a religion for me. So why have I never heard of Red Auerbach? Probably because he wasn’t on the HS team? What a sheltered life!!
Feinstein does a great job of showcasing how this great coach approaches life – lots of wisdom, humor and insight into basketball and life. Great storytelling about a charming and fascinating man
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great story, poor narration
If you are a Celts fan, this is a beauty.. both informationally & nostalgically.. the problem is the reading... it is horrendous. I thought for sure it was the author reading, but it wasn't. Hard to believe the guy got paid for this. No real emotion, and his emphasis (within phrases & sentences) is consistently off.. jarringly so.