WATCH: Celtics honor Red Auerbach’s career, retire No. 2 in his honor at Boston Garden in 1985

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Astute fans of the Boston Celtics don’t need any explanation as to why the storied franchise chose to retire a jersey number to honor Arnold “Red” Auerbach, a man who never played a single minute for the Celtics. But for those still learning the lore of their favorite team, the legendary coach and team president had a hand in all but one of Boston’s 17 titles.

The feat has not been bested by any front office occupant in NBA history and a singular achievement in North American sports more generally. The Celtics organization honored the iconic executive in 1985, raising the No. 2 jersey to the rafters in honor of his accomplishments with the team.

Auerbach was a true giant of the game, and Bostonians reaped the rewards for generations.

To get a look back at that historic day, check out the video embedded above courtesy of CLNS Media.

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