Dec. 23, 1977

Before a 132-99 loss at Seattle, Charlie Scott told reporters that he fully expected to be traded from the dumpster fire marked Boston Celtics.

Scott added that any tradeable commodity on the roster could be subject to a change of venue. The problem, Scott said, was that only he, Jo Jo White and Dave Cowens would entice teams to the table, and that Cowens was untouchable.

With Red Auerbach and his owner for the moment, Irv Levin, beginning to publicly grumble that the team’s worst meltdown in decades would demand dramatic changes. The Celtics were 10-20, Tommy Heinsohn, who replaced Bill Russell as coach in 1969 and won two championships, was waiting for the axe to fall.

Scott joined the Lakers on Dec. 27, with old friend Don Chaney, Kermit Washington and a first-round draft pick going to Auerbach.

Heinsohn made it through the holidays before being canned on Jan. 3, replaced by soft-spoken, scholarly Satch Sanders.

None of it mattered much. The team missed the playoffs and finished 32-50.

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