League greats react to loss of 'basketball royalty'

Updated: October 29, 2006, 10:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Reaction to the death of Boston Celtics Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach of a heart attack Saturday at the age of 89:

"Going back to the old Celtics days -- when they first started winning -- I think only Red had the foresight to envision what impact Bill Russell could have on a team. Red worked Russell into the unit that he had established there. They just needed what Red saw as the ultimate ingredient ... the defensive, shot-blocking, rebounding center. I don't know if anyone else ...

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