Hall of Famer "Easy Ed" Macauley dies at 83

By the Associated Press | November 9, 2011 | 2:00 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ed Macauley, one of the NBA's first stars who won a championship with the Boston Celtics and then was traded for Bill Russell, has died. He was 83.

Saint Louis University announced Macauley's death on Tuesday. The school had no other details. "Easy Ed" was a standout player with the Billikens, leading them to the 1948 NIT title.

Macauley was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1960. A native of St. Louis, he was a territorial pick of that city's Basketball Association of America franchise, the Bombers. He played there for one season and then was selected by the Celtics in a dispersal draft.

Macauley played for the Celtics from the 1950-51 season until 1955-56, winning the NBA title in 1957-58.