NBA legend K.C. Jones has passed away at 88

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Boston Celtics legend K.C. Jones has passed away. He was 88.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. The team announced his passing on Friday.

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Jones spent nine seasons in the NBA with the Celtics. He won eight Championships in his nine seasons in the league.

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Only his former teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones have more Championships as a player than K.C. Jones. Russell has 11 Championships, while Sam Jones has 10 Championships.

Overall, K.C. Jones has 12 NBA Championships. He had one NBA Championship as an assistant coach with the Lakers.

In addition, he won two more NBA Championships as a head coach with the Celtics.

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“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.”

Jones played for the Celtics from 1958-59 through the 1966-67 season. He appeared in 676 games with the team.

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He averaged 7.4 points per game in 25.9 minutes per game. He averaged a career-high 9.2 points per game during the 1961-1962 season.

The Taylor, Texas-born athlete was a second-round draft pick by the Celtics in the 1956 NBA Draft. He played collegiate basketball with the San Francisco Dons before entering the NBA.

Following his playing career, he became a coach. He initially served as a head coach at Brandeis, before moving on to Harvard as an assistant coach. Jones joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1971-972 season, which is the season when the Lakers won an NBA Championship.

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He also as a head coach with the San Diego Conquistadors, Capital/Washington Bullets, Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, and the New England Blizzard. Jones also was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks, SuperSonics, Celtics, and the Detroit Pistons.

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