Boston Celtics legendary player, coach, and announcer passes away at the age of 86.
Tommy Heinsohn has been a part of the Celtics organization for the past 64 years; he’s has been synonymous with the Boston Celtics ever since he won Rookie of the Year in the 1956-57 season. Tommy is the reason why so many have fallen in love with basketball in the city of Boston. The tragic news of his passing broke yesterday and the entire NBA world says goodbye to Tommy Heinsohn.
Damn RIP Tommy Heinsohn!!! “The Little guy” that’s the nickname he gave me. Will miss his voice and everything he brought to the game especially Celtics basketball
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) November 10, 2020
We were rookies together and friends for life. In life there are a limited number of true friends, today I lost one.
RIP Heiny. pic.twitter.com/nKJn0DqgJJ
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) November 10, 2020
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has reached out to Celtics ownership to offer his condolences following the death of Tommy Heinsohn, I’m told.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) November 10, 2020
Former Celtics coach & current 76ers coach Doc Rivers remembers Tommy Heinsohn. pic.twitter.com/Sx6IOxQD48
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 11, 2020
It absolutely breaks my heart that we won’t be able to watch Mike & Tommy call games anymore.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 10, 2020
I don’t know what to say except that Tommy didn’t love basketball. He lived it. He didn’t love the Celtics. He lived the Celtics. And all the players that wore the ☘️☘️- they were his life.
Will miss you Tommy! pic.twitter.com/MR41Y0PIk5
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) November 11, 2020
Took me forever to even tweet this. What a loss.
Tommy was my first coach, he was a GREAT coach, amazing player, such a great mentor and most of all… a great friend.
— Cedric Maxwell (@cedricmaxwell81) November 11, 2020
R.I.P. Tom Heinsohn, NBA legend. For me I will always think of him as the color analyst on CBS's NBA coverage during the 80's, but his contributions throughout his career were too many to count.
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) November 10, 2020
Rest In Paradise Tom Heinsohn! #LEGEND 🙏🏾😢
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) November 10, 2020
Roughly 2800 times I sat down with Tommy to broadcast a game. Every time it was special. HOF player…HOF coach…HOF partner. Celtics Nation has lost its finest voice. Rest In Peace my friend. It has been the privilege of my professional life to be the Mike in Mike & Tommy.
— Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) November 10, 2020
There is no tweet.
There is no podcast, no documentary, no mini-series that can come close to encapsulating what Tommy meant to the game through the generations.
As immeasurable a loss for our organization as was the privilege of 19 years of his personal tutelage.
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) November 10, 2020
The entire New England community gathered to say goodbye and show their support in the wake of Tommy Heinsohn’s passing.
Bill Belichick, on @OMFonWEEI, on Tommy Heinsohn: "What a tremendous career he had as a player and coach, and as a broadcaster, he ended up bringing so many great Celtics moments to fans … He had such a great connection to the entire Boston community. He was an awesome guy."
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 10, 2020
The Bruins mourn the passing of the legendary Tommy Heinsohn. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends, and the entire Celtics organization. pic.twitter.com/cqNWEUPtIU
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 10, 2020
More past and present players tweeted out in support of Tommy.
My love and prayers goes out to the family of Mr. Tommy Heinsohn.
I’m thankful for the impact you left on the game and for all the “tommy points!”
Gone but never forgotten
— Evan Turner (@thekidet) November 10, 2020
Just heard about the passing of Tommy Heinsohn. Was always an honor winning those Tommy awards. Rest In Peace big fella 🙏🏽🙏🏽 @celtics
— Shane Larkin (@ShaneLarkin_3) November 10, 2020
RIP Tommy Heinsohn you were joy to listen to and learn from my heart is heavy today
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) November 10, 2020
Miss you already, your voice will forever be in my head from playing at TD when making a great hustle play, you giving me a (Tommy Point) the talks we use to have about the game of basketball was the best. You will be missed, but never forgotten. 🙏 https://t.co/vSJEodE7cf
— Leon Powe (@Leon_Powe) November 10, 2020
Bob Cousy: "I've said over the years, I think Tommy was perhaps the most underrated power forward that ever played in the NBA. I mean, for those fools to not nominate him when they chose the top 50. That was a total injustice in my mind.” https://t.co/F57fb8CMtQ
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) November 10, 2020
Rest In Peace, Tommy. You have meant so much to the six decades of Celtics’ fans that you shared the game with as a HOFer in every facet… An Incredible person, teammate and mentor. https://t.co/gdQ0CHTQd1
— Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens) November 10, 2020
Under the Celtics’ official report of their legend’s passing, almost every other organization in the NBA tweeted their support. Tommy may not have been talked about or as well known amongst fans on a national scale like he once was, however, in NBA circles everywhere he was a legend and he will truly be missed. Rest in peace.