As a player, coach and broadcaster, Tommy Heinsohn has dedicated approximately half a century to the Boston Celtics organization. He slapped 37 points and 23 rebounds in a double-overtime Game 7 victory during the NBA Finals of his rookie year. He was a six-time All-Star. He won eight titles as a player, and then two more as a coach. Because of his blatant bias, Heinsohn became a commentator who was loathed or teased by opposing fans but beloved by the Celtics brethren.
As an announcer, he originated the terms “Tommy Point” and “I LOOOVVVEEE WALLLTTAAAHHH”, and refuses to hide the fact that he bleeds Green. He’s known for screaming at refs while he’s supposed to be commentating the game, and there are times he seems close to a heart attack. Few people, if any, have had as lasting and positive an effect on a single organization as Heinsohn has. So happy birthday, Tommy. You’ve received more Tommy points in your life than you or I could even count.