Boston mourned the loss of one of its greats on Tuesday with news of Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn’s passing.
After more than six decades as a player, coach or broadcaster for the team, he had some part in all 17 of their NBA championships.
As did New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during his interview on WEEI’s “OMF.”
“What a tremendous career he had as a player and coach, and as a broadcaster, he ended up bringing so many great Celtics moments to fans and really, the community,” Belichick told the station. “He had such a great connection to the entire Boston community, fan base and obviously Celtics fans, but you know other sports fans in Boston that connected to him as well. He was an awesome guy.
“It was an honor and a pleasure to get to know him. He’s a wonderful man.”
Heinsohn was 86 years old.