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On this day: former Celtics John Thompson, Nate Archibald born; Bob Kinney passes

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He would play just two seasons in a reserve role for Boston, nicknamed “The Caddy” for his role backing up star big man Bill Russell, winning a title for his troubles in each of his two seasons with the Celtics before starting the next phase of his career.

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There, he would become a transformative mentor and coach, with Hall of Fame players like Allen Iverson crediting Thompson for changing the course of their lives.

The former Friar would become the first Black coach to win an NCAA title, and he continues to be held in the highest regard for the role he played in transforming the sport through the relationships he built with players.

Archibald played five seasons with the Celtics, winning a title with the team in 1981, and averaged 12.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game with the team.

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