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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 passionately following the Boston Celtics and the NBA for almost 40 years.  That interest began with the classic Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Final, blossomed during the original Big Three era, and persisted through the lean years of the 90s and the "Thanksdad" Gaston era.  Rich has been blogging and podcasting through CLNS Radio for the past two years  and also hosts a technology podcast; The Tech Life on the Beats and Eats network.  You can follow him on Twitter @richconte and find him as a frequent contributor to the Celtics Beat Podcast discussion group on Facebook.