Boston Celtics legend Jo Jo White, who helped the franchise return to glory in the 1970s after Bill Russell's retirement, lost his battle against cancer at age 71, the team announced Tuesday. at night.
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White played 10 seasons for the Celtics before ending his career with the Golden State Warriors and Kansas Cit Kings, converting seven All-Star appearances and winning two NBA titles in Boston along with John Havlicek and Dave Cowens. The No. 10 MVP of the 1976 finals hangs on the beams of TD Garden, and was included in the class of the Basketball Hall of Fame Naismith 2015.
"We are terribly sad about the passing of the great Jo Jo White, "the Celtics said in a statement. "He was a champion and a gentleman, supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and infinitely kind to that." Jo Jo was a key member of two championship teams, an NBA Finals MVP, an Olympic medal winner Gold and a member of the Hall of Fame, his contributions to the legacy of the team championship could only have been overcome by the deep and lasting impact he had on the community.The thoughts and sympathies of the entire Celtics organization are with the family White. "
White played four seasons at the University of Kansas and won a gold medal as a member of the United States men's national team at the 1968 Olympic Games before the Celtics. he was selected ninth general in 1969.
Also selected by the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL and the Cincinnati Reds of the Major Leagues, White served a year in the US Navy Reserves. UU before starting his career in the NBA. After his retirement in 1981, White rejoined the Celtics as director of special projects, a position he held until his death.
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