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Danny Ainge, Celtics mourn death of Paul Westphal

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The NBA has lost another legend as Hall of Famer Paul Westphal passed away Saturday at the age of 70.

Westphal was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2020. The five-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA First Team selection was drafted No. 10 overall by the Boston Celtics in 1972. He won a championship with the C's in 1974.

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Danny Ainge played for Westphal when he coached the Phoenix Suns from 1992-95. The Celtics president shared his saddened reaction to Westphal's death.

“I’m so sad to hear that we lost Paul Westphal," Ainge wrote. "I loved watching him play at USC an in Boston and Phoenix. I was blessed to have known him as Coach and as a man of God. He was one of my all time favorite people I’ve met in this business. God bless Cindy and her family.”

The Celtics and Suns also took to Twitter to mourn Westphal's passing.