Boston Celtics Legend and 12x NBA Champion Passes Away at 88
The NBA family lost one of its legends today.
At the age of 88, former Boston Celtics great K.C. Jones passed away.
One of the most decorated athletes of all time, Jones played nine seasons with the Celtics, winning eight titles in the process – third most in league history. He would then go onto win two more championships as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and two as a head coach with the Celtics. Jones also won an Olympic gold medal as a member of Team USA in the 1956 Melbourne Games.
The Celtics family mourns the loss of twelve-time NBA champion, two-time NCAA champion, Gold medal-winning Olympian and Hall of Famer, K.C. Jones, as we celebrate his remarkable career and life.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 25, 2020
”I just didn’t see how a man who shot as poorly as K.C. could stay in the NBA,” recalled Celtics legend Bob Cousy. ”I really didn’t think his other skills would be enough to keep him around. But I was wrong. The man turned out to be amazing on defense and eventually learned to score enough so that rival teams couldn’t afford not to guard him.”
In nine career seasons, Jones averaged 7.4 points and 4.3 assists per game.
“K.C. also demonstrated that one could be both a fierce competitor and a gentleman in every sense of the word,” the Celtics said in a statement Friday. “He made his teammates better, and he got the most out of the players he coached. Never one to seek credit, his glory was found in the most fundamental of basketball ideals — being part of a winning team.
“The Celtics family mourns his loss, as we celebrate his remarkable career and life.”
Rest in Peace, legend!