In a world where black players were never really the ones who were the cornerstone of basketball franchises, Red Auerbach identified what he had in Bill Russell and tried to fill in the other four positions around the imposing center. An entire system was developed around Russell into which unconventional point guard Bob Cousy (whom Auerbach had once called "a local yokel") fit perfectly. That system developed into the first fast break offense in NBA history with Russell swatting shots away from the hoop and into the hands of a teammate who rushed up the court for an easy layup. Auerbach had a team full of Hall of Famers and role players who simply knew how to win and with Russell guarding the rim, he felt confident enough to light his victory cigar well before games had ended. Always hated for his passion, which often led him to berate and intimidate referees, Auerbach's smug attitude made opponents want to beat him all the more. Russell would go on to replace Auerbach after his tenure had ended, becoming the first black coach not only in the NBA but in major professional sports.
The presented 8x10 is signed by both men in silver metallic paint pen (both "9" potency) and pictures Auerbach on a knee listening to Russell. An excellent collectible for any vintage basketball or Boston Celtics fan; comes with a Hollywood Collectibles sticker and COA.