Washington Celtics legends Larry Bird and Bob Cousy were among several basketball luminaries who paid their respects Monday night to Red Auerbach, the NBA coach, executive and pioneer. John Thompson and his son, John III, who brought his whole Georgetown University team, also came to the funeral home to honor Auerbach, the Hall of Famer who guided the Celtics to 16 championships - first as a coach and later as general manager. He died near his home in Washington at age 89 Saturday night. There will be a private funeral in Falls Church, Va., today.
October 31, 2006