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Auerbach: Jackson is 'a great coach'

After the Lakers rehired Phil Jackson this week, ESPN spoke to Red Auerbach for his reaction.

Updated: June 21, 2005, 12:23 PM ET
By Ken Shouler | Special to ESPN.com

Red Auerbach was a brash 29-year-old fresh out of the Navy. Without a cigar, he walked into the office of Mike Uline to tell him he was the man to coach his new Washington Capitols in the Basketball Association of America for the 1946-47 season.

"I don't know why, but Mike bought my brag," Red recalls.

Uline chose a coach who turned into a legend. In 20 years as a coach with Washington, Tri-Cities and then Boston, Red made the playoffs every year, suffering just one ...

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