The Boston Celtics will be paying tribute to their Patriarch Arnold “Red” Auerbach this season with a special uniform patch. It is a black shamrock with the word "Red". The patch is very tasteful and is much better than having some black arm band.
Tomorrow, —Wednesday, November 1 — Boston will have "A Day in Memory of Arnold 'Red' Auerbach" with a special tribute at City Hall Plaza at 11:30 am hosted by Mayor Thomas Menino.
The Celtics Dancers will debut on Friday. I am unaware if they will also be wearing a special patch this season. Less clothing seems to be the motif with these dancers. This has already been filed here under “Another Lost Tradition.”
The best way for the Boston Celtics to pay tribute to Red is to begin to win again. Their last title was 20 years ago. Last season they finished 3rd in the Eastern Conference with a record of 33-49. This season does not look too hopeful. The N.Y. Times is picking them at 12 of 15 in the Eastern Conference and listing them as “Lottery Bound.” (Their other possible categories are “Title Contender”, “Playoff Bound”, and “Playoff Bubble.”)
Paul Pierce has his best season, statistically, last year, but if the Celtics truly want to honor Red Auerbach’s memory, Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Kendrick Perkins and Gerald green will have to grow up fast.
No. 46 is not currently on the Celtics roster, so I wonder if this number has any particular significance in connection with Red Auerbach. Perhaps 1946 was his first year coaching?