NBA teams, Silver send condolences to C's after loss of Heinsohn


Tommy Heinsohn embodied the Boston Celtics' franchise, but his impact extended well beyond Causeway Street.

The Celtics legend, who died Monday at age 86, spent a total of 62 years around the organization as a player, coach and broadcaster. He's one of only four people to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach and was a familiar voice for generations of basketball fans during his four decades as a color commentator.

The Celtics remembered Heinsohn on Twitter, while the team's ownership group issued a statement on Heinsohn's passing.

"This is a devastating loss," Wyc Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca and the Celtics ownership group said in a statement. "Tommy was the ultimate Celtic.

"For the past 18 years, our ownership group has relied hugely on Tommy’s advice and insights and have reveled in his hundreds of stories about Red Auerbach, Bill Russell, and how the Celtics became a dynasty. He will be remembered forever."

As former Celtics players and NBA fans shared their memories of the Celtics icon, several NBA teams offered their condolences on Twitter, including the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors and more.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver also issued a statement on behalf of the league Tuesday afternoon.

Heinsohn was fiercely loyal to the Celtics as a player, coach and broadcaster (just ask any official who worked a C's game) but he still earned the respect and admiration of his NBA contemporaries.