“[Heinsohn was an] unofficial mentor to decades of Celtics coaches and players. A frequent constructive critic of referees. Originator of the most ‘Celtic stat’ of them all, The Tommy Point,” the Celtics said in a statement. “And a boundless love for all things Boston Celtics, a passion which he shared with fans over 64 years.”
Celtics of the past and present, as well as players and teams across the league, paid tribute to the late Boston legend.
Longtime voice of the Celtics and Heinsohn’s broadcast partner, Mike Gorman, said “Celtics Nation has lost its finest voice.”
NBA teams — and the NHL’s Boston Bruins, who share the TD Garden with the Celtics — also showed their support for the franchise on social media.