Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend

Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend

by Bill Russell, Alan Steinberg


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“Bill Russell was the greatest team basketball player ever….[He] has produced a moving tribute to his friend and, in a larger sense, to friendship.”



In Red and Me, Boston Celtics basketball legend Bill Russell pays homage to his mentor and coach, the inimitable Red Auerbach. A poignant remembrance of a life-altering relationship in the tradition of Big Russ and Me and Tuesdays With Morrie, Red and Me tells an unforgettable story of one unlikely and enduring friendship set against the backdrop of the greatest basketball dynasty in NBA history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061792069
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 185
Sales rank: 493,470
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Five-time NBA MVP and twelve-time All-Star, Bill Russell was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won eleven NBA championships. As a major league coach, Russell won two additional championships—the first African-American to do so. He is considered the father of the modern pro game and one of the most significant Americans of the twentieth century in sports. His three previous books include the national bestseller Russell Rules.

Alan Steinberg is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller Behind the Mask and Black Profiles in Courage with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 Common Ground 1

Chapter 2 From Place A to Place B 19

Chapter 3 A Pretty Good Sign 35

Chapter 4 My Father's Son 65

Chapter 5 What's Best for the Team 89

Chapter 6 We All Just Lived It 111

Chapter 7 Boy, What Fun 127

Chapter 8 Godspeed 143

Chapter 9 This Is My Friend 163

Epilogue 175

Acknowledgments 185

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Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
yeremenko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not as good as Second Wind, Russell¿s autobiography.A lot of this book is about Auerbach agreeing with Russell. `¿Red asked me about _____ and I said it was the okay. So that¿s what we did¿ or `¿Red asked me about _____ and I said it I didn¿t like that. So we didn¿t do it¿The best parts of the book are stories of the unorthodox ways Auerbach supported Russell and the progressive way the Celtics looked at race, or didn¿t look at it. It is worth noting that at a time when the red Sox were turning down Willie Mays because he was black the Celtics were drafting the first black NBA player and later starting five black players before anyone else.It would have been better to hear more about Auerbach the coach, rather than thre friend. To Russell, the basketball legend, the basketball content seems boring. But the rest of us have friends, but not insight into the greatest dynasty in sports history,
LesaHolstine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had mixed feelings when I finished Red and Me. I respect a friendship that was based on understanding, trust and respect. But, I just felt as if the book, at times, became all about Bill Russell. I understand that "basketball set the stage for our relationship to evolve." I just had mixed feelings as to Russell's manner of telling this story. If the reader doesn't like Bill Russell, don't read the book.
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True life experience.
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Good insight into Bill and Red's relationship
jhbnc More than 1 year ago
I am a big celtic's fan and I really enjoyed his book
Jabeyo More than 1 year ago
Although Russell was quoting his coach, I found the language to be most disturbing. This one went in the trash begore I got to the first chapter!
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JimBreitbeck More than 1 year ago
Well first off I'de like to say I would have enjoyed more basketball information out of this book. But this book is just as it is, Bill Russell talking about his relationship with Red, which turned into a life long friendship. I just have to say flat out that I found this book very repetitious. Russell states his reasons for the friendship over and ovar, all the same points on almost every other page. Over all I think the book has some fine points, these were two very special men, but this book should be bought in paperback. It's a good story but paperback only kind readers.
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AlexHunter More than 1 year ago
For Bill Russell fans, this book will be a must read, but for most others it may fall short in substance. This book is about Bill Russell, his thoughts, feelings, and philosophy of life. This book is about Bill's unique friendship with Red Auerbach. It is not a basketball or sports book.