BOSTON CELTICS: RED AUERBACH, BOB COUSY, BILL RUSSELL, LARRY BIRD, ROBERT PARISH and KEVIN McHALE NBA basketball signed by the legendary coach, and five of the team's all-time greatest players Basketball signed:

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NBA basketball signed by the legendary coach, and five of the team's all-time greatest players
Basketball signed: "Bob Cousy", "Red Auerbach", "Bill Russell", "Kevin McHale", "Robert Parish" and "Larry Byrd". Spaulding Official NBA Game Ball, David J. Stein, Commissioner. RED AUERBACH (1917-2006) was the third winningest coach (regular season and playoffs) in NBA history. He won 1,037 games in 20 years. As Coach-GM, Auerbach led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA titles, including eight in a row (1959-1966). The NBA Coach of the Year award is named after him. Auerbach remained Celtics General Manager (1967-1984) and President (1984-2006). As GM he assembled two more dynasties: the two-time champion team of the early and mid-1970s, and the three-time champions of the early 1980s led by Byrd, Parrish and McHale. Auerbach was an integration pioneer, recruiting the first black player (1950) and the first all-black starting lineup (1964). Celtics fans knew a game was won when Red lighted one of his famous "victory cigars." BOB COUSY, a 3-time All-American at Holy Cross, joined the Boston Celtics in 1950. Cousy, a ball handling and shooting guard, led the NBA in assists eight consecutive years (1953-1960), played in 13 straight NBA All-Star Games, earned MVP honors in the 1954 and 1957 games and racked up 16,960 career points. He played on six NBA championship teams with the Boston Celtics: 1957, 1959-1963. After his playing days and election to the Hall of Fame, Cousy became a popular TV and radio announcer. BILL RUSSELL (b. 1934) was key to making the Celtics one of the great sports dynasties of all time (not to mention winners of 11 NBA championships in 13 years between 1956 and 1969). Russell, especially famed for his defense, was renowned for his duels with rival center Wilt Chamberlain. He became the first Black NBA (and major U. S. sport) head coach in 1966 and was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1975. Appropriately, the signatures of Auerbach, Cousy and Russell are on one side of the ball, while the other side offers the great offensive front court team of Byrd, Parish and McHale. In 1980, the Basketball Writers' Association of America named LARRY BIRD the greatest NBA player of all time. The Boston Celtics forward was NBA Rookie in 1980, league Most Valuable Player in 1984, 1985 and 1986 and playoff MVP in 1984 and 1986. In the 1987-1988 season, Bird was the first Boston Celtic ever to record a 40-20 game, with a 42-point, 20-rebound effort against Indiana. After 897 games Bird retired with 21,791 points (24.3 points per game), along with 8,974 rebounds (10 per game.) and 5,695 assists (6.3 per game). What the Russell/Chamberlain rivalry had been to one generation of fans, Bird's rivalry with the LA Lakers' Magic Johnson was to the next. Bird, who announced his retirement on August 18, 1992, was NBA Coach of the Year in 1998 (Indiana Pacers). Center ROBERT PARISH played his college ball in obscurity, because his Centenary College was under NCAA sanctions which prohibited his impressive stats from even being published. Still, he led the US national team to a gold medal at the Pan American Games (1975). Drafted by the Golden State Warriors, he was acquired by the Celtics in 1980 in one of Red Auerbach's many shrewd trades. Playing for the Celtic championship teams of 1981, 1984 and 1986, and well as for the champion Chicago Bulls in his final year (1997), Parish scored 23,334 points and grabbed 14,715 rebounds over his career, making 54% of his field goals and 72% of his free throws (a very high percentage for a center). KEVIN McHALE was named in 1995 as the top player in the 100-year history of the University of Minnesota. A first-round draft pick whom Auerbach acquired from Golden State in the Robert Parish deal, he was the third member of the legendary Celtics 3-time championship teams of the 1980s. A 7-time All-Star, he played his entire 13-year NBA career with the Celtics, averaging 17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Since retiring from play he has led the Minnesota Timberwolves as GM and head coach, and has been a frequent TV analyst. All six signers have had their jerseys retired by the Celtics. All six are in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Fine condition.

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