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Interview with Red’s friend, the man behind “The Auerbach Dynasty”

KWAPT March 14, 2011 Uncategorized 7 Comments

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This past Friday, as I read the morning Herald, I came across an ad for a play about Red Auerbach. The play, entitled "The Auerbach Dynasty" chronicles the friendship between Red and the play's writer/creator Ken Dooley. 

Use this link to buy tickets & for more info. Here's an excerpt from the official press release:

A new play based on Red Auerbach’s 56-year career as coach, general manager and president of the Boston Celtics will open at the Park Theatre on April 8th

 Cranston, RI: Shortly before the National Basketball Association's playoffs begin a dramatic presentation on the remarkable career of an NBA giant will open at the Park Theatre. If, as now seems likely, the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics are playoff favorites, sports and drama will triumph together.

 The Auerbach Dynasty, to be performed Fridays through Sundays from April 8th through May 1st, depicts a career in coaching and sports management of unrivaled success and duration.

 As a coach, Red Auerbach created more controversy, earned more fans and developed more top-flight teams than any man in the game. What distinguished Auerbach from other coaches was his remarkable ability to turn superstars into team players.

 Red never cared about individual scoring, assists or rebound stats. He was only interested in NBA championships, something he accomplished 16 times in his remarkable career.

 No basketball enthusiast can forget Red’s distinctive victory sign. As the game wound down to the final minutes and the Celtics victory was in hand, Red would pull out a long cigar, light it with a flourish and blow smoke rings at the other team and its fans.

 When Red joined the Celtics as coach in 1950, the team was in danger of going out of business. Walter Brown, Celtics president, gave Red a one-year deal to turn the franchise around.

 Over the next 56 years, as coach, general manager, and president, Red turned the Celtics into the most successful team in NBA history. Still president at the time of his death in 2006, he had earned a well-deserved reputation for having transformed both the league and the sport of basketball itself. Yet key chapters of his remarkable career have remained untold until now…

Enjoy this interview Ken did with me which features the story behind the play, how the C's went after Coach K and why Red snubbed Bob Cousy. (download the mp3 here)

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    One person said they had trouble listening to this. All you have to do is click the play button. If anyone else has trouble, please leave a comment. Thanks.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0120a584cc24970b sam_lt

    That was me, I don’t see a play button to click. Just a black box 1/4″ x 4″ with a small blue Q with a question mark inside of it. Anyone know what I should try to do to fix this?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    I just added the direct link to the mp3. Sorry, I should have done that from the beginning. Just click on that and it should launch your default player

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0120a584cc24970b sam_lt

    Thanks John, I just listend to it. Great job KWAPT, I just love this Celtics history stuff.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Hey..that means the computer you're on doesn't have Quicktime. Try right-clicking on the blue Q and there should be an option to get Quicktime. Or, just go to apple.com and download it for free.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0120a584cc24970b sam_lt

    I’m not sure what happened, it just didn’t work in IE. John’s direct link did though and I just downloaded chrome and that worked fine so who knows. Thanks though for a great interview.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    Awesome! Thanks! GoogleChrome is the way to go by the way-IE is obsolete in my eyes.