I found this on the Globe message board posted by SlipperySam. It is such a great post I had to share it here. This is really classic. I guess it just proves the point that the more things change the more they stay the same...
Letter to Red Auerbach—April, 1956:
Well, you idiot, you blew it again. Just good enough to get a lousy draft pick. You should have tanked so you could get the #1 pick. Number 1 is everything; the other 7 don't matter, and you're drafting 6th out of 8. MIght as well not bother. So I hear you're going to take Heinsohn with a territorial pick. Local kid may boost attendance a little, but what has he ever done? A slow guy when you need speed...a hook shot specialist when you need rebounding underneath. You jerk.
I even heard a ridiculous rumor that you had wanted to take some non-shooting center from the west in the draft. In the first place, you can't get him because of your lousy draft position. Someone's probably dumb enough to draft him before you would get a shot. In the second place, maybe he can play a little defense (except on his own man because he's too short), but what would you do—shuttle MacAuley and him in and out on offense and defense like I'm afraid they may sometime start doing in football? Anyway, it's not as though this western guy is going to cover up all your other players' deficiencies on defense. That's never been done, so it can't ever be done. In the third place, only a shooter will ever suffice at the key center position.
You could have tanked, gotten the #1 pick, and used it on Sihugo Green, who is a real good playmaker and can play rings around that bum Cousy on defense. Cousy's got flash, but flash doesn't win championships. He's not legit. And MacAuley's not good enough to lead you to a championship. He's not legit either. If you'd just use your balding head and tank for a couple more years, you could get the real deal—Wilt something-or-other who'll be graduating from Kansas soon. He's four inches taller than this guy from the west, and he can dominate at both ends of the floor. Now Wilt's legit. Once he comes into the league, you'll never get a sniff of the championship—never. It's all about winning, and you'll never win. Nah nah nah nah nah!
And, by the way....Rochester, St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York, Syracuse, Fort Wayne, Philadelphia. What do all those teams have in common? First, I just thought I should mention every other team in the league because I know for a fact that mentioning a lot of teams automatically impresses people and adds credibility to anything I write. Second, these teams don't have you mucking up the works. You should use all those other teams as blueprints for the Celtics. You try to think outside the box too much. History repeats itself 100% of the time. History is the only predictor—far better than watching the games.
I hate you Red. What a loser.
I am the great, the all-powerful, the omnipotent, dasher of all hope......
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