Originally posted on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 11/9/11
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Ed Macauley, Basketball Hall of Famer and former NBA champion, died on Tuesday. The former St. Louis Bomber, Boston Celtic, and St. Louis Hawk was 83. All initial reports and reactions point to Macauley's role in delivering Bill Russell to the Celtics before the team embarked on its legendary 11 championship in 13 year run, and it's fair to lead off with that. Trading All-Stars Macauley and Cliff Hagan (himself a rugged scoring forward) for the rights to move up in the draft to select Russell turned the C's from a powerhouse offensive outfit into the well-balanced club that revolutionized the pro sport and dominated the league for over a decade. His deal wasn't exactly Ernie Broglio for Lou Brock, but it wouldn't be fair to ignore Macauley's role in history. It would be criminal to ignore the other 99 percent of his career, though. Macauley was a phenomenal scoring big man in an era where teams routinely took the air out of the ball, allowing for low scores and little chance to pad ...
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