Boston Dailies Put Up Airball on Bill Sharman

October 27, 2013

As the hardreading staff noted yesterday, both local dailies outsourced their obituaries of Celtics great/Hall of Famer Bill Sharman. We ended the post with this:

Very likely both papers will have remembrances in their sports section tomorrow. But for today, Sharman lost home court advantage.

 

Actually there was nothing in the Boston Herald, and almost nothing in the Boston Globe.  Just this at the end of Gary Washburn’s Basketball Notes column:

 Jerry West had some wonderful things to say after the death of former Celtic player and Lakers coach Bill Sharman: “This is a very sad day for me. Bill Sharman was, without a doubt, one of the greatest human beings I have ever met and one of my all-time favorite individuals, both as a competitor and as a friend. He was the epitome of class and dignity and, I can assure you, we find few men of his character in this world. We will miss him.”

 

To varying degrees, that is.

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Local Dailies Squeeze Bill Sharman

October 26, 2013

Boston Celtics legend Bill Sharman died yesterday, and both local dailies outsourced his obituary.

The Boston Globe picked up the New York Times obit (apparently the Globeniks are not listening to the redoubtable Dan Kennedy at Media Nation).

Bill Sharman, in Hall of Fame as Celtics all-star and NBA coach; at 87

NEW YORK — Bill Sharman, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame twice, first as a sharpshooting guard who helped establish the Boston Celtics dynasty in the 1950s and then as the coach who led the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers to a record 33-game winning streak and Sharmanthe NBA title, died Friday at his home in Redondo Beach, Calif. He was 87.

A perfectionist as both player and coach, Mr. Sharman is also credited with introducing what is now a fixture of the pro and college games: the morning shoot-around, a light game-day workout to loosen up, set strategy, and prepare for the evening’s contest.

For 10 seasons beginning in fall 1951, Mr. Sharman teamed with the playmaking guard Bob Cousy to form one of the NBA’s legendary backcourts . . .

 

The Boston Herald went for the Associated Press sendoff.

Bill Sharman, at 87, played on Celtics champion teams

LOS ANGELES — Bill Sharman effortlessly straddled both sides of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, winning championships and making friends from Boston to Los Angeles during a unique basketball career.Screen Shot 2013-10-26 at 3.32.20 PM

Even when he struggled to speak in his later years with a voice worn out from passionate coaching, Sharman remained a beloved mentor and a hoops innovator who saw great success from almost every perspective in more than a half-century in the NBA.

Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won multiple titles both as a player for the Celtics and a coach for the Lakers, died Friday at his home in Redondo Beach, the Lakers announced. He was 87.

 

Very likely both papers will have remembrances in their sports section tomorrow. But for today, Sharman lost home court advantage.