“Tommy Heinsohn Start Smoking Again!”: Red Auerbach’s Suggestion to 8x NBA Champ So That He Won’t Gain Weight

Nithin Joseph
|Published 28/12/2022

The 1950s and 60s were different times in the NBA. Players didn’t use their off-hand, the three-point line didn’t exist, and big men dominated the game, both on and off the court.

Superstars like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Oscar Robertson took center stage. Another notable player during that era was Tommy Heinsohn.

The 6’7″ forward was an iconic player and part of Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics. Tommy was a great player but had a bad habit of smoking. His coach, Red tried to get him to stop but went back on it after Heinsohn started to gain weight.

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Legendary Celtics coach, Red Auerbach once ordered Tommy Heinsohn to start smoking again

Back in the 1950s and 60s, smoking was a habit that many considered to be healthy. Everyone was smoking and they were smoking everywhere. In airplanes, at the hospital, name it and there were people smoking.

The same goes for athletes. Players loved to smoke, although research showed they became easily fatigued. One such player was Celtics legend, Tommy Heinsohn. In order to improve his stamina, Red Auerbach asked Tommy to stop smoking. But, he soon changed his decision, as quitting made Heinsohn gain weight.

To be fair to Auerbach, it all worked out. Heinsohn represented Gang Green for nine seasons, winning eight NBA Championships.

He would continue his relationship with Boston as a coach, and much later as a play-by-play caller for the Celtics. He was so involved with the franchise, that he was given the beloved nickname “Mr. Celtic”.

A Celtics legend both on and off the court, Heinsohn passed away in November 2020

Tommy Heinsohn was nothing short of a superstar for the Boston Celtics. A Hall of Famer, Tommy holds the honor of being directly or indirectly involved in all of Boston’s championship wins. Either as a player, coach, or color commentator.

Unfortunately, “Mr. Celtic” passed away on November 9th, 2020. A tragedy to say the least, but his legacy will live on through the fans and faithful of Boston.

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Nithin Joseph

Nithin Joseph

Sports has been a huge part of Nithin's life ever since he was 10 years old. He is currently pursuing his MBA in Sports Management and as such has attempted to immerse himself in a variety of professional sports and sports leagues like the Premier League, NBA, and NFL. Having previously worked as a WWE content writer, Nithin now writes about the NBA, being a supporter of the Miami Heat and basketball as a sport.

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