NBA Local: Red Auerbach Reaction

Updated: October 29, 2006, 9:47 AM ET

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Tough Man Had A Tender Side Back when Auerbach's staff consisted of himself, and, well, himself, he relied on a Rolodex full of numbers for nearly every prominent college coach in the country to glean his scouting reports. He was always one step ahead of the competition. And, when he'd fleece his fellow NBA executives, he did so without a trace of humility. "If you do something great, kid, then don't apologize to anyone," he told me. "If ...

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