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NBPA Statement on the Passing of Tommy Heinsohn

NBPA Statement on the Passing of Tommy Heinsohn

NEW YORK, NY, November 10, 2020 - "We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn, one of the founding fathers of the National Basketball Players Association. Not only did Tommy have an incredible career in the NBA as a player, coach and broadcaster, but closer to our home, he was instrumental in creating our union, taking the baton from his friend and teammate Bob Cousy and serving as our President from 1958-66. Tommy was truly a pioneer in player empowerment, championing the notion of free agency at a time when it was highly controversial and unpopular, and fighting to create our NBA Players' Pension Plan, under which generations of players have thrived.

Simply put, we would not be here without his commitment and passion for players’ rights and for that, we are forever grateful. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the entire Celtics organization at this time. Rest In Peace, Tommy."