Cedric Maxwell’s road to returning to the Boston Celtics organization started with a private meeting with Red Auerbach, his first ever. He always had lawyers or other personnel in the room. This time, he traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with the Celtics’ mastermind alone.
The Celtics wanted to invite Max back after a long hiatus following his trade to the Clippers in 1985. First, they wanted to him to go apologize to Red. He was initially confused why, but went anyway and Red embraced him. He’d later appear amongst the greatest in Celtics history at the closing of the Boston Garden in 1995 shown below.
Max joined Sean Grande as Boston’s radio broadcast team in 2001 and has provided commentary since, opening up more about his great moments in green and more tumultuous moments with teammate Larry Bird and the organization.
All was put aside on opening night in 2003 though, when the Celtics made his No. 31 the 22nd jersey hung from the rafters.
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