Re: Duke gets a beat down!
posted at 6/12/2011 5:23 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Duke gets a beat down!
[QUOTE]Gotta go with Duke on this one. The article posted by troll man says Russ was drafted THIRD in 1956. As any Celtics fan knows, Russ was picked SECOND in that draft: In the 1956 NBA Draft, Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach had set his sights on Russell, thinking his defensive toughness and rebounding prowess were the missing pieces the Celtics needed. [ 1 ] In perspective, Auerbach’s thoughts were unorthodox. In that period, centers and forwards were defined by their offensive output, and their ability to play defense was secondary. [ 18 ] However, Boston's chances of getting Russell seemed slim. Because the Celtics had finished second in the previous season and the worst teams had the highest draft picks, the Celtics had slipped too low in the draft order to pick Russell. In addition, Auerbach had already used his territorial pick to acquire talented forward Tom Heinsohn . But Auerbach knew that the Rochester Royals , who owned the first draft pick, already had a skilled rebounder in Maurice Stokes , were looking for an outside shooting guard and were unwilling to pay Russell the $25,000 signing bonus he requested. [ 19 ] The St. Louis Hawks , who owned the second pick, originally drafted Russell, but were vying for Celtics center Ed Macauley , a six-time All-Star who had roots in St. Louis . Auerbach agreed to trade Macauley, who had previously asked to be traded to St. Louis in order to be with his sick son, if the Hawks gave up Russell. However the owner of St Louis called Auerbach later and demanded more in the trade. Not only did he want Macauley, who was the Celtics premier player at the time, he wanted Cliff Hagan , who had been serving in the military for three years and had not yet played for the Celtics. After much debate, Auerbach agreed to give up Hagan, and the Hawks made the trade. [ 20 ] During that same draft, Boston also claimed guard K.C. Jones , Russell's former USF teammate. Thus, in one night, the Celtics managed to draft three future Hall of Famers : Russell, K.C. Jones and Heinsohn. [ 1 ] The Russell draft-day trade was later called one of the most important trades in the history of North American sports. [ 19 ] - from Wiki, but every Celtics fan knows that. Can't believe a tainted and wrong article, troll - so YOU have now been schooled! Bye!
Posted by Red-16Russ-11[/QUOTE]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1956_NBA_Draft
Easy to explain....Heinsohn was a 'territorial' pick and is listed first. So, the argument about the 60s playoffs being a beast?????