NBA great Auerbach laid to rest

By Tom Jones
Published November 1, 2006

Red Auerbach was buried in a simple graveside ceremony Tuesday, with Hall of Famers Bill Russell and John Thompson and commissioner David Stern among those paying last respects. About 150 family, friends and special guests attended the private burial for the NBA great at the King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church, Va. "He had a great run," Stern said. "He fooled us into thinking it would never end." Auerbach, who won nine NBA titles with the Celtics as a coach and seven more as a general manager, died after a heart attack near his Washington home Saturday at age 89. The Celtics team will wear a black clover leaf on their uniforms. The clover will be inscribed with the word "Red" in green lettering.

Falling behind

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Mommie dearest

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By George

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