Lynn Leon Loscutoff, Loscy & Me: The Artist & the Boston Celtics Legend, Jim Loscutoff, A Scrapbook/Memoir. CreateSpace. 246 pages. Oversized paperback $20.00.
This entertaining book has been out for a while, but it’s been hiding. So here’s why you should find it. Lynn Loscutoff’s memoir provides an insider look at the great Boston Celtics during their glory years. It gives the fascinating “wife’s eye view,” and in his Foreword Red Auerbach, the legendary coach of the Celtics, assures us that she portrayed the role of the athlete’s wife to perfection. It’s an enjoyable love story, and it’s also the story of an attractive, aspiring artist making her way in the world while tied to a basketball wife’s responsibilities.
It true is a scrapbook/memoir with dozens of fascinating photographs of the Celtics, the family, a bit of Lynn’s art, and their travels.
Written in a casual, personal style, Loscy and Me gives the feeling of being part of a group sitting around a table and hearing Lynn tell her stories.
When Jim Loscutoff, a college star at the University of Oregon, is drafted by the Boston Celtics, an adventure begins for the naïve couple. Lynn’s portrait of their new experiences – making a home in Boston and becoming part of the team culture – is vividly presented. Readers are reminded of the relative obscurity of the NBA in the early and mid-1950s. It was a league with only eight teams and a much smaller following than baseball, football, or even hockey.
The fact that Red Auerbach did not allow player’s wives to travel to away games put an immediate strain on the marriage, but it led Lynn to rely more and more on bonding with the other players’ wives. Her descriptions of their individual personalities and relationships are detailed and flavorful.
Jim’s role was to be extremely physical, to play hard defense, rebound, and pass to the star shooters. A good shooter himself and a scoring leader in college, Jim found the role frustrating, but that’s what the coach wanted. Soon enough, he relished in his persona as “Jungle Jim” and understood his place in the scheme. Auerbach was building a fast-break team of highly talented players, and Jim was fortunate to be part of it. He received good press and became one of the guys. . . .
To read the entire review, as it appears in the March 23, 2016 Fort Myers Florida Weekly and the March 24 Naples, Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda/Port Charlotte, and Palm Beach Garderns/Jupiter editions, click here: Florida Weekly – Loscutoff