One of the keys to Walter Brown and his franchise’s success was that Brown recognized his limitations. Knowledge of the game of basketball was not the Celtics owner’s strength. As one account later noted: “He knew ice shows and rodeos, track meets and come-to-Jesus meetings. But he didn’t know basketball, and he admitted it. So Brown left everything to [Red] Auerbach: drafting, signing, trading, coaching, marketing, even proselytizing.” That decision paid off with the NBA’s first dynasty.
( C ) NBA/Celtics, courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection