RIP, Larry Siegfried

by October 17, 2010

The New York Times has a nice obituary: “Larry Siegfried, a stalwart guard on the great Boston Celtic teams of the 1960s, died Thursday in Cleveland. He was 71 and lived in Perrysville, Ohio. The cause was heart failure, his daughter Erin said, adding that he had a heart attack on Oct. 5. Known for solid shooting, mistake-free ball-handling and sticky defense, Siegfried played for the Celtics from 1963 to 1970, a period that encompassed the end of a Celtic dynasty that, beginning in 1957, accounted for 11 National Basketball Association championships in 13 seasons. Siegfried played on five championship teams: 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1967-68 and 1968-69. Often overshadowed by his teammates, who included some of the most illustrious names in basketball history — Hall of Famers like Bill Russell, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones and John Havlicek, who had also been his teammate at Ohio State — Siegfried was nonetheless a key element in a relentless and indomitable Celtic machine.”