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This Date in NBA History: Boston Celtics legend Red Auerbach announces retirement from coaching in 1966 & more

On April 28th in 1966, Red Auerbach retired as the head coach of the Boston Celtics after leading the team to a 95-93 Game 7 victory in the Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

His announcement to retire comes almost 16 years to the date that he was hired by the franchise as the coach in 1950.

During his 16-year coaching career with the team, he led them to a total of nine championships, including eight straight from 1957 to 1966. With the Celtics, he finished with a 795-397 (66.7%) regular-season record and a 148-90 (60.8%) playoff record.

At that time, his 938 career regular-season wins was an all-time record. However, with time, he now ranks at 11th. The 938 wins also include 225 in his earlier coaching stints with the Washington Capitols (128) and Tri-Cities Blackhawks (57).

As a result of his remarkable coaching record in Boston, he was named among the top 10 head coaches in NBA history in 1996-97. Less than a year after he retired from coaching, in his honour, the NBA's Coach of the Year trophy was named the "Red Auerbach trophy'. A year later, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

After adding nine to the franchise's championship tally, Auerbach also has a hand in seven of the eight other Celtics' titles.

During his tenure, as an executive, he led the team to seven more titles. Six while he was the general manager - 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984 - and the seventh as the President in 1986.

He was the first of four in NBA history to be named both the Coach of the Year (1965) and the Executive of the Year (1980) at some point in their career.

Other notable events on April 28th

  • In 1979, Oscar Robertson becomes the first Milwaukee Buck to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Bucks' championship-winning squad alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971.
  • In 1988, Michael Jordan scores 50 points in a 104-93 Game 1 win of the Chicago Bulls' first-round playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • In 1990, the Boston Celtics set an NBA playoff scoring record as they beat the New York Knicks 157-128 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. They also set an NBA playoff record by shooting .670 (63-of-94 FG attempts) from the field.

Game-winning buzzer-beaters on April 28th

Kevin Martin vs.San Antonio Spurs in 2006

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