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Red’s Army Rewind: Fans salute John Havlicek

Chuck - Red's Army December 5, 2011 Uncategorized 7 Comments

On April 9, 1978, John Havlicek played his last game before Celtics fans. How did they treat the legendary Hondo? With a roaring 7 minute standing ovation that will make the hair on the back of you neck stand up. I've never seen/heard anything like it. The best part of all, no hyped up introduction from the P.A. guy or video montage to get the fans worked up. They rose from their seats and saluted a legend.

I'm sure LeBron James will get a similiar send-off from Miami fans.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/sondler Jerry Sondler

    Hondo….He has a permanent spot on the “Mt. Rushmore of Celtics”

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

    Now THAT’S how you send somebody off. That gave me chills, and if you read the description of the video, the uploader had to edit the ovation because it was so long. Ah…those were the days of the old Garden, Red and real, diehard fans.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    One of the all-time NBA & Celtic greats……Bird said he coulda played another couple years effectivly. Thanks for posting this proud moment fellas. Dave Bing & Kermit Washington too, Red loved the proven vet.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    from Bridgeport Ohio!!!!!!!!!! 2 HOF’s from that town him and Joe Niekro!!!! nice guys from BPT high. He is the reason I am a Celtic fan.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sondler Jerry Sondler

    You mean Phil Niekro, not Joe.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5008970c Jester00

    nice just testing the readers that’s it