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Auerbach's influence still strongly felt throughout NBA

Updated: October 30, 2006, 8:46 AM ET
Associated Press

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers called his players together before practice to talk to them about Red Auerbach. It was too late to get to know him, but important that the players understood what he meant to the team, the city, the game.

Older players had seen Auerbach's fire for themselves -- both the competitive one and the flame at the end of his ever-present cigar -- but didn't know how he defined the game early on, then continued to dominate as his players ...

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