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Where is Tommy?

Post by Ktronic1 on Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:59 pm

Haven’t seen him on set or doing home games. Anyone know?
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Post by bobc33 on Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:15 pm

Tonight they mentioned he would join the broadcast Friday night via a phone call. I’m not certain but thought they said his back was bothering him.
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Post by Ktronic1 on Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:30 pm

bobc33 wrote:Tonight they mentioned he would join the broadcast Friday night via a phone call. I’m not certain but thought they said his back was bothering him.
Thanks. Just going through withdrawals. :>)
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Post by bobheckler on Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:39 am

https://www.masslive.com/celtics/2019/01/boston-celtics-broadcasting-legend-tommy-heinsohn-discusses-his-health-scare.html



Boston Celtics broadcasting legend Tommy Heinsohn discusses his health scare



Updated 6:30 AM; Posted 6:30 AM




By John Karalis | JKaralis@masslive.com JKaralis@masslive.com



Tommy Heinsohn is a color commentator for Celtics broadcasts, but his particularly green tint over the years has turned him into one of the most beloved broadcasters in Boston sports history. This season has mostly been missing Heinsohn’s trademark explosive declarations of bogus calls from the officials. Heinsohn no longer does road games for NBC Sports Boston, but he’s missed most of this season’s home games as well, leading a lot of fans to fans around Boston to wonder why.

Today, Heinsohn provided an update to NBCSN, telling them seems to be a case of sleep apnea.

“They’ve ruled out all [big concerns]” Heinsohn told them. "My heart is real strong, the lungs are clear, nothing wrong with my stomach, and we’re down to, perhaps, sleep apnea. I gotta go through the tests. They’ve put a mask on me here at the rehab.”

The best news for Celtics fans is that Heinsohn is feeling well enough to call into the Friday night broadcast of the Celtics game against the Dallas Mavericks. There’s no timetable set for his return alongside his longtime broadcast partner Mike Gorman, but he’s on the mend, and he hopes to be back on TV soon.


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Post by bobheckler on Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:18 pm

https://www.telegram.com/news/20190123/bill-doyle-tom-heinsohn-hopes-to-be-back-on-celtics-broadcasts



Tom Heinsohn hopes to be back on Celtics broadcasts




By Bill Doyle
Telegram & Gazette Staff

Posted Jan 23, 2019 at 6:47 PM
Updated Jan 23, 2019 at 6:48 PM



The inconsistent play of the Celtics hasn’t kept Tommy Heinsohn up at night, but his doctors believe sleep apnea has.

The 84-year-old legendary broadcaster hasn’t worked any Celtics games since November because of a shortness of breath, fatigue and a lack of stamina, but Heinsohn is scheduled to be fitted soon for a mask that he hopes will allow him to sleep better and eventually return to Mike Gorman’s side at TD Garden on NBC Sports Boston broadcasts.

Heinsohn’s doctor called him on Wednesday to give him the results of a sleep apnea test he took two weeks ago.

“It appears that I have some semblance of that,” Heinsohn said of sleep apnea, “at least the ability to get enough air. After being a 50-year smoker, that’s not surprising. So we’re on the road to potentially eliminating this situation.”

The plan is for Heinsohn to wear a mask for eight hours one night soon while specialists adjust the air pressure as best they can. The hope is that deeper sleep will eliminate Heinsohn’s fatigue.

Medical tests at New England Baptist Hospital revealed that Heinsohn’s heart, lungs and stomach were fine, so he was sent to New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn to try to improve his strength and conditioning. Heinsohn, by the way, was one of the original investors in the facility, which was founded by former Celtics and Bruins trainer Buddy LeRoux, who went on to be part of a Red Sox ownership group.

During stay in rehab from Dec. 29-Jan. 5, Heinsohn seemed to improve after wearing a sleep mask for two nights. He was given a mask to wear at home, but he didn’t use it because he felt he was sleeping fine. Unfortunately, the fatigue and shortness of breath remained, so after talking to his doctor on Wednesday, he realizes he has no choice but to wear a mask.

“Now we’re into the next stage,” he said, “but it’s not take a pill and feel better, that’s for sure.”

Heinsohn had always slept well until recently.


“I could sleep on a pin,” he said.

Despite feeling fatigued for several months, he analyzed Celtics home games in October and November on NBC Sports Boston anyway.

“It was becoming an effort,” he said, “to get from the elevator to the press room.”

Heinsohn wouldn’t even leave his courtside broadcast table at halftime so he wouldn’t become short of breath.

“I don’t know if it affected my broadcasts,” he said. “I was totally involved in the game I thought as much as I ever have been.”

Bob Cousy, Heinsohn’s former teammate and fellow Holy Cross graduate, called him from his winter home in Florida on Wednesday to see how he was doing. Satch Sanders has also checked in, but as Heinsohn pointed out, there aren’t many of his former Celtics teammates left.

Heinsohn has been associated with the Celtics since he graduated from Holy Cross in 1956, first as a player and then as a coach and broadcaster. He has analyzed Celtics games alongside Gorman since 1981. So he obviously misses working the games.


“Certainly,” he said. “It’s been a significant part of my life for most my life.”

Heinsohn remains optimistic that he’ll overcome his fatigue and return to the broadcasts this season. His contract expires at season’s end, but he wants to keep broadcasting next year.

“If I can, I would love to,” he said. “Why wouldn’t I? It’s no heavy lifting or it didn’t used to be.”

In the meantime, Heinsohn watches the Celtics on television at his home.

“It’s a confounding thing, what’s going on,” he said. “They’re able at times to look like they could beat any team in the world and the very next half, they look like they can’t beat the eighth grade.”

Heinsohn thinks Gordon Hayward is still adjusting to coming off the bench after sitting out last season with his ankle and leg injuries.

“I don’t know what in his head, he thinks his role is,” Heinsohn said. “He passes up his best shots in this offense to make a pass to Marcus Smart in the corner for a 3. Please. And you can’t expect a guy to come in and play 20 minutes and give you 20 points every night.”


Heinsohn also believes Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown are adjusting to playing fewer minutes.

“They played so well last year together,” he said, “and they all came out of it feeling so good about themselves and all of sudden the whole situation changes. It affects people. I’m not in their locker room, but I would say some of these guys they don’t know exactly how to help the basketball team, exactly what they have to do each night. Coming off the bench is a (tall task).”

Heinsohn wants Brown to stay aggressive.

“He should be attacking all the time,” Heinsohn said.

Heinsohn’s voice on the telephone picked up when he was asked if he thought Kyrie Irving could be more of a leader.

“Thank God this guy is the way he is,” Heinsohn said. “He is the savior of this basketball team. He’s a momentum changer. He just takes over and makes something happen. There’s got to be some consistency in order to build off so that Kyrie doesn’t have to take the team on his shoulders every time they flounder.”


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Post by bobc33 on Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:32 pm

Sleep apnea absolutely sucks. I had a moderate to severe case of it. I used the mask correctly and faithfully for months with no results. My sleep Dr. said 19 out of 20 people who use the mask correctly see positive results, however I was the 1 out of 20.

Medical marijuana though is a different story. Since I began using it nights about a year ago I’ve lost 30 pounds and the apnea is gone.

So the moral of the story is, if my posts on the Game On threads seem to be a bit incoherent especially in the second half, it is the ganja talking!
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Post by kdp59 on Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:34 am

pot always pouts me to sleep too.....but I eat more...who knew?

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