Basketball

Nov. 9, 1952

In their seventh home opener at the Garden, the Celtics had little trouble swatting down the Syracuse Nationals, 106-84. In his third pro season, guard Bob Cousy led the C’s with 27 points, including 13 free throws.

It also marked Red Auerbach’s third Garden opener as Boston’s coach. As the famous story goes, when asked if he would take Cousy, the Holy Cross star, in the 1950 NBA Draft, Auerbach’s responded with a question of his own: “Am I supposed to win or please the local yokels?”

It didn’t take long for Auerbach to see that he could do both.

Having begun to cobble together the club that became a dynasty, Auerbach had to wait until 1957 for the most important player: Bill Russell.

As for the fans, they gave the Celtics their best Opening Night crowd since the team’s inception: 5.874

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