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Top Celtics basketball employees list, longevity criteria
« on: March 31, 2017, 12:29:54 PM »

Offline Androslav

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Which of the players/coaches/GMs/assistents in our rich history were the longest Celtics basketball related employees? For the sake of this topic we will not include the cleaning ladies, lightbulb operators and similar, who I am sure were magnificent at what they did.
Red Auerbach is an absolute champion with 56 years (1950/2006) of service as a coach/president. A franchise guy in the truest sense of the word. (Remember that english is not my 1st.)
Tommy, if I am correct, got payed to play and coach for 19 years. We will not count in his broadcasting career.
The 3rd candidate is none other than our current Star trek character, Danny Ainge. He played for 8 years in Boston and has been an executive since the 5/2003. That puts him in front of Tommy gun by 3 years, at the total of 22 years. And still counting for a number of years, who knows, maybe even decades. Red wanted him, I remember him as a lucid man even in his winter days.
So far, the list looks like this:
UPDATED
1. 56 years - Red Auerbach  1950-2006
2. 29 years - Ed Lacerte 1988-2017+
3. 22 years - Danny Ainge  1981-1989, 2003-2017+
4. 19 years - Tommy Heinsohn 1956-1965, 1969-1978

I find this topic interesting, since we are the most succesfull franchise in the NBA, when taking in account the longevity and championships won, and it would seem appropriate for such a list to exist.
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Don't Tommy's years as a broadcaster count?

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Don't Tommy's years as a broadcaster count?

They definitely should.


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Don't Tommy's years as a broadcaster count?

They definitely should.
Than my years as a fan should count too.😉

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Certainly ever since the Celtics negotiated a significant stake in the Comcast channel, Tommy's years as a broadcaster should be considered as an employee.

Perhaps, what you're really looking for, though, is an affiliation with the team, not necessarily as a real employee (was Red really an employee up until 2006?)

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Francis O'Bryant, who is team operations manager, has been employed by the Celtics continuously since the late sixties or early seventies, when he started off as a ball-boy. Great guy, got to know him in early 70's.  He attended my HS State Championship Basketball Game in 1974 at UNH. 

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Don't Tommy's years as a broadcaster count?

They definitely should.
Than my years as a fan should count too.
Tommy doesn't defacto get payed by the Celtics nor he is employed to contribute regarding the on-floor product. He surely adds value to the franchise in many ways, with an advice, connections or his own reputation.
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Francis O'Bryant, who is team operations manager, has been employed by the Celtics continuously since the late sixties or early seventies, when he started off as a ball-boy. Great guy, got to know him in early 70's.  He attended my HS State Championship Basketball Game in 1974 at UNH.
Could you somehow cofirm the year when he became an employee regarding the more significant basketball related duty. Ball boy start sounds charming, but that is more of a "logistical" issue. Thanks on the info.

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I know it's just a single thread on a basketball blog, but the fact the Tommy's years don't [arbitrarily]  count in this equation has me pretty furious inside.  >:(

He has dedicated his entire life to the Cs organization - surely we can acknowledge this, right?