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Red Auerbach, one of the greatest coaches in sports history, died on October 28, 2006. Bill Russell, the five-time MVP and star center on the Auerbach teams that won eleven championships in thirteen years, said little in public at the time. His relationship with his coach had been so deeply personal that he could not express it with a brief comment.

In fact, little known to the public, Auerbach and Russell—one a short, brash Jew from Brooklyn, the other a tall, intense African-American from Louisiana and Oakland—were far more than just coach and player. Through thirteen years of building a sports dynasty together, one that remains among the greatest of all time, their relationship evolved into a rare, telling example of deep male friendship: confident, supportive, understanding, founded in common goals, even as their feelings remained largely unspoken. They stayed close for the rest of Auerbach's life, despite physical distance and far fewer chances to be together. True male friends are always there for each other, whenever the need or occasion arises.

Red and Me is an extraordinary book: an homage to a peerless coach, showing how he produced results unlike any other; an inspiring story of mutual success, in which each man gave his all, and gained back even more; above all, it may be the best depiction of male friendship ever put on the page. Who would have guessed that such different men could have become such a tightly bonded pair? Few did guess it. Now Russell tells it.

Topics: Basketball

Published: HarperCollins on May 5, 2009
ISBN: 9780061915734
List price: $10.99
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I had mixed feelings when I finished Red and Me. I respect a friendship that was based on understanding, trust and respect. But, I just felt as if the book, at times, became all about Bill Russell. I understand that "basketball set the stage for our relationship to evolve." I just had mixed feelings as to Russell's manner of telling this story. If the reader doesn't like Bill Russell, don't read the book.read more
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This is not as good as Second Wind, Russell’s autobiography.A lot of this book is about Auerbach agreeing with Russell. ‘”Red asked me about _____ and I said it was the okay. So that’s what we did” or ‘”Red asked me about _____ and I said it I didn’t like that. So we didn’t do it”The best parts of the book are stories of the unorthodox ways Auerbach supported Russell and the progressive way the Celtics looked at race, or didn’t look at it. It is worth noting that at a time when the red Sox were turning down Willie Mays because he was black the Celtics were drafting the first black NBA player and later starting five black players before anyone else.It would have been better to hear more about Auerbach the coach, rather than thre friend. To Russell, the basketball legend, the basketball content seems boring. But the rest of us have friends, but not insight into the greatest dynasty in sports history,read more
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I had mixed feelings when I finished Red and Me. I respect a friendship that was based on understanding, trust and respect. But, I just felt as if the book, at times, became all about Bill Russell. I understand that "basketball set the stage for our relationship to evolve." I just had mixed feelings as to Russell's manner of telling this story. If the reader doesn't like Bill Russell, don't read the book.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is not as good as Second Wind, Russell’s autobiography.A lot of this book is about Auerbach agreeing with Russell. ‘”Red asked me about _____ and I said it was the okay. So that’s what we did” or ‘”Red asked me about _____ and I said it I didn’t like that. So we didn’t do it”The best parts of the book are stories of the unorthodox ways Auerbach supported Russell and the progressive way the Celtics looked at race, or didn’t look at it. It is worth noting that at a time when the red Sox were turning down Willie Mays because he was black the Celtics were drafting the first black NBA player and later starting five black players before anyone else.It would have been better to hear more about Auerbach the coach, rather than thre friend. To Russell, the basketball legend, the basketball content seems boring. But the rest of us have friends, but not insight into the greatest dynasty in sports history,
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