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Saturday, 26 October 2013 13:29

Boston Celtics legend Bill Sharman passes away

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Former Boston Celtics legend Bill Sharman passed away Friday at the age of 87.  Sharman, a native of Texas who attended the University of Southern California, was a key figure in the Celtics first dynasty playing 10 seasons and winning 4 titles with the team before retiring after the 1961 season.  As a player he teamed with another Celitcs legend, Bob Cousy and his deadeye shooting was the perfect complement to Cousy's playmaking wizardry.

Perhaps most interestingly, Sharman also owns a significant place in the history of the NBA's other marquee franchise and Celtics rivals; the Los Angeles Lakers.  After his playing days, Sharman moved into coaching with the San Francisco Warriors, the LA/Utah Stars of the ABA, and finally the Lakers.  He coached the Lakers for six seasons before moving on to the front office.

Sharman is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.  As a coach, he is credited with establishing the "morning shootaround" as a part of the NBA routine.

 

Rich Conte

Rich Conte has been writing and avidly following the Boston Celtics for over 30 years.