This one would fall in the category of "wasn't he already dead?" as far as I'm concerned. NBA legend Red Auerbach died at the age of 89 from an apparent heart attack. I had thought he passed away a while ago simply because I hadn't heard anything about him in recent years.
Personally, I couldn't stand the Celtics back in the day. I couldn't stand Larry Bird. Definitely couldn't stand Danny Ainge. But I always respected their winning ways. More than that, I respected the history that they brought to the court everytime they took the floor. That storied past was formulated in great part due to Red's contributions over the years.
There was no questioning his impeccable resume: 16 NBA championships with the Celtics, 8 straight titles from 1959 thru 1966, seven more in the 70s and 80s, 938 victories as the second-winningest coach in NBA history. The most impressive thing he was responsible for was bringing Bill Russell to Boston in a time when brothas were not looked upon favorably in Beantown.
I don't know if it would be fair to call Red a genius for some of the general manager moves he made back in the day. Let's face it, the talent to pick from then wasn't near as thick as it is now. Who wouldn't know after seeing Russell and Bird play that they were heads and shoulders above the rest? However, he was a pretty shrewd businessman to land the deals that secured legends like those and many others. Happy trails, Mr. Cigar.