Short quote: Karma?
It was a low negotiating blow, the opportunist in Auerbach striking to make room in the starting lineup for Danny Ainge. Henderson, a 6-foot-2 point guard plucked from the Continental Basketball Association in 1979, was banished to Seattle for a first-round draft choice.
The maneuver seemed like another Auerbachian stroke of genius when the Sonics fell apart and the Celtics had the second pick in the 1986 draft.
But it was a rookie class remembered largely for drug abuse. Chris Washburn, Roy Tarpley and William Bedford struggled with cocaine. Len Bias, Boston’s pick, partied with the powder, went into cardiac arrest and died hours after being introduced as the next Celtics link on the championship chain.