Red Auerbach will always be remembered as a man loved by his players and fans of the Boston Celtics, and despised by his opponents. Whether it was his cockiness, his savvy or simply his ability to guide the Celtics to so many winning seasons and championships spanning several decades, Red Auerbach was a man who was revered and reviled, nearly always at the same time.
His lasting contributions to the NBA cannot be overstated: He not only created the league's first dynasty and give rise to the famous "Celtics Mystique" of winning, but he broke the NBA's color barrier when he drafted Duquesne's Chuck Cooper in 1950 and helped to redefine basketball as a defense-oriented team sport rather than a sport of offensive feats and high scoring.
One of the brightest minds in the history of the game, Auerbach will be remembered by Celtics fans as the man who pulled off of the greatest steals for players in NBA history. His uncanny ability to attract talent and build perennial powerhouses gave rise to some of the best teams to ever grace the hardwood.
Here, we'll take a look at some of the best moves made during Red Auerbach's time in Boston.