The Most Badass Jewish Sports Figures of All Time

Arnold "Red" Auerbach

Team(s): Boston Celtics
Sport: Basketball
Years Played: 1950-2006

Accolades: 9x NBA Champion & 938 wins as a coach, Seven titles as GM and Team President of the Celtics, NBA Coach of the Year (1965, 1967), NBA Hall of Famer (1969), Named the Greatest Coach in NBA History (1980) by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America

Badass Justification: It's simple, Red Auerbach is one of the most successful team officials in North American professional sports history. Don't take our word for it, take a look at his 16 titles in 29 years. Numbers never lie. Hailed as the greatest coach in NBA history by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America, Red was one of those dudes who is ingrained in the game of basketball forever. A pioneer of the modern game, Auerbach drafted the first African-American to play in the NBA, Chuck Cooper. Additionally, he introduced the first all African-American starting five in 1964. Red knew how to celebrate like a pimp too, he was noted for breaking out the victory cigar when the Celtics were on the verge of a win. After he won NBA Coach of the Year in 1965, they renamed the award "The Red Auerbach Trophy," just two years later.

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