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Celtics’ Red Auerbach in Hospital

September 8, 2005

BOSTON (AP) _ Boston Celtics president Red Auerbach has been hospitalized in Washington with an undisclosed problem.

The 87-year-old coaching great has been in and out of the hospital the past month for tests and a successful surgical procedure, Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said Thursday. Twiss would not identify the procedure and said Auerbach was readmitted for an unspecified problem within the last 10 days.

He would not disclose the name of the hospital and said Auerbach’s family requested that no information be released about his condition.

Auerbach has had recent health problems before his latest hospitalization. In June, he was not feeling well enough to attend the Celtics’ annual draft party in Waltham. The next month, he was unable to attend his weeklong summer basketball camp, which has been in operation for more than four decades. This year, it was held at the University of New Hampshire.

This year would be Auerbach’s 56th with the Celtics. He joined the organization in 1950 when he became the franchise’s third head coach. He also has served as general manager, president and vice chairman of the board.

He retired from coaching in 1966 and won nine NBA titles with the Celtics. He once held the record for most wins as an NBA coach but has since been overtaken by Lenny Wilkens.

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