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WATCH: What Tommy Heinsohn thought about Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird before he joined the NBA

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The same loophole that allowed Boston Celtics legend Red Auerbach to draft Celtics legend Larry Bird out of college before he had graduated allowed Bird to turn the tables on Auerbach and demand what was then the biggest salary ever given to a rookie in NBA history. At the time, there was considerable doubt whether Auerbach had committed a critical mistake by letting the future Hall of Famer force his hand.

At the time, Celtics Hall of Fame player and coach Tommy Heinsohn was writing a column on the team he rose to fame with, and spoke on a television show about what he believed about Bird’s future in the league and the value of the signing.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire.

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