Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 11/9/11
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The basketball world received some unfortunate news yesterday, when it was revealed that Hall of Famer “Easy” Ed Macauley had passed away at his home in St. Louis, Missouri. He was 83. Back in SLAM 90, we published this Q+A with the 6-8 center as that issue’s Original Old School piece. You can remember the big man by reading it in its entirety below.—Ed. by Alan Paul “Easy” Ed Macauley was at the center of one of the most important trades in NBA history: He was the key man sent from Boston to the St. Louis Hawks in exchange for just-drafted Bill Russell. Of course, Russell and Red Auerbach’s Celtics now seem fated for one another, forever linked by their 11 championships, but Big Russ might never have landed in Boston had Easy Ed just said no. Celtics owner Walter Brown actually asked the 6-8, 190-pound center—an All-Star in each of his six seasons in Boston and the MVP of the very first ASG—for permission to ship him to St. Louis. Ed was happy to return to his hometown, so Hawks ...
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