Winning is what “Red” Auerbach’s teams did, a lot, and most would agree that as the Boston Celtics Head Coach and General Manager, Red was directly responsible for sixteen NBA Championships in thirty years. Smoking his signature victory cigar (his words, not mine) was what he did each time, after his team won a game; therefore, he smoked a lot of cigars: Nine hundred and thirty-eight regular season wins to be exact. That number of victories would make Red the winningest head coach in NBA history until Lenny Wilkins passed him in 1995. The one thing you may not know about Red is that he never smoked a victory cigar after a win on the road—never. He thought that would be insulting to the other team and their fans. But smoking that cigar was the first thing most people mentioned when they spoke about Red. There is a true story from the 1980’s about Red lighting up a cigar in one of Boston’s finest seafood establishments, Legal Seafood. He was soon after approached by a female customer who screamed at him, “You can’t smoke in here! It says so on the menu!” Red took the cigar out of his mouth and politely told her to go look more closely at the menu again. The menu actually said, “No cigar smoking in this establishment…except for Red Auerbach.” Makes you smile, doesn’t it? I wonder if he grinned before answering her.