THE WORLD'S GREATEST TEAM: A Portrait of the Boston Celtics 1957-69 by Jeff Greenfield

THE WORLD'S GREATEST TEAM: A Portrait of the Boston Celtics 1957-69

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An affable tribute to the Boston Celtics who won eleven championships in thirteen years. The key? Red Auerbach's concept of teamwork: pressure defense tactics, regular substitutions, and psychological warfare--a combination that changed the face of professional basketball. Greenfield characterizes the starters as well as the strategic, talented bench: Cousy's killer instinct (that had sorry personal consequences when his season ended); Sharman's compulsive energy and ""memory muscles"" Heinsohn's scapegoat role, still accepted after years of coaching winners; Russell's threatening defensive presence and sharp-tongued rebounds off the court, Tom Sanders, Sam and K. C. Jones, John Havlicek, Don Nelson, and the succession of ""sixth man"" relievers. The wonder is that so many have continued--and successfully--as coaches in college and pro ball, teaching the same demanding style Of play although without Auerbach's abrasive personal manner. Greenfield skips the irrelevancies of his principals' early lives and avoids the gush endemic to so much sportswriting. A disputable title but distinct--national--appeal.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Random House