The legendary K.C. Jones of the Boston Celtics | The State

As a player, K.C. Jones won eight titles in nine contested seasons.

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The NBA is in mourning, as the death of the legendary was confirmed on Christmas Day K.C. Jones, player and coach of the Boston Celtics, who passed away for reasons still unknown at the age of 88.

The information was confirmed by his former team, with which played nine seasons in the NBA and won titles in eight of them, the third most in league history, behind only legendary teammates Bill Russell (11) and Sam Jones (10).

That success carried over to his days as a coach, when won three titles (one as an assistant and two as a coach) during Boston’s hit streak in the 1980s with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish of protagonists, considered the best in NBA history.

Although he was always kept in the background of both player and coach, Jones, whom he affectionately they called him “C”, as a symbol of champion, Neither his statistics were striking, he barely achieved an average of 7.4 points in his career, his work as a point guard on the field was always key, especially in the defensive section.

Jones was the consummate team player whose defense always created serious problems for rival stars like Jerry West and Oscar Robertson and whose form of play powered the Celtics’ engine.

Jones was on title-winning teams with the Celtics from 1959 to 1966, an eight-year streak unmatched in professional sports.

The only season in which he did not win a championship was 1966-67, and soon after, Jones retired at 34 years of age.

But Jones remained in the competition, first as a coach at Brandeis University outside Boston and then as an assistant or head coach in the NBA or ABA before returning to the Celtics as an assistant to the legendary Bill Fitch in 1977.

Fitch left the team for four years. later, and Jones replaced him, inheriting a group led by Bird and fellow Hall of Famers McHale and Parish.

Three weeks after Jones took office, the Celtics made a move to acquire point guard Dennis Johnson, who would be key to the Boston team’s resurgence.

Together, they reached the NBA Finals four consecutive seasons (1984-87), winning titles in 1984 and 1986. Jones’ laid-back training style was criticized by some, but was welcomed by his players, especially the great leader of the NBA. team, the legendary Bird, who always showed him great respect as a professional and a person.

Jones stopped coaching the Celtics after the 1987 season, and moved into the Celtics’ main office before ending his coaching career with the Seattle Supersonics and the Detroit Pistons.

The Celtics decided to withdraw his number 25 and he was also inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, in the class of 1989.

Jones is also one of seven players to win college basketball and NBA titles., as well as the olympic gold, joining Russell, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jerry Lucas, Quinn Buckner, and Clyde Lovellette.

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