The Celtics confirmed on Friday that KC Jones has passed away. He was an unparalleled point guard and later coached the Boston Celtics during his Hall of Fame career. He was 88 years old.
KC is Jones’ name, although some people joked that “C” stands for champion. It’s easy to see why.
He played nine seasons with the Celtics, and won eight championships with the Celtics, the third highest in league history, second only to long-time teammate Bill Russell ( 11) and Sam Jones (10). This success continued throughout his coaching career. When he succeeded in Boston with Larry Bird & Co. in the 1980s, he won three championships (one as an assistant and two as head coach). .
Jones is not flashy, his game is not full of gorgeous state. His career average is only 7.4 points. But the 6-foot-1
“I just didn’t see how a poor performer like KC could stay in the NBA,” the famous Celtic point guard Bob Cousy recalled. Jones initially supported him and was then replaced when “Cooz” retired. For the starter. In 1963. “I really don’t think his other skills are enough to keep him going. But I was wrong. The man performed well on the defensive end and eventually learned to score that the opponent team couldn’t afford not to defend his ability.”
Jones (Jones) was part of the Celtics championship team from 1959 to 1966, which is unmatched in professional sports for eight consecutive years. The only season he did not win a championship was 1966-67, and Jones (34 years old) retired soon after.
But Jones still stayed in the game, first as a coach at Brandeis University outside of Boston, then as an assistant or head coach in the NBA or ABA, and then in 1977 with Bill Fitch as an assistant back to Kay. Elts. Four years after Fitch left the team, Jones succeeded him, inheriting Bird and the team led by Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and Robert Paris. Three weeks after Jones took over, the Celtics took action and acquired Dennis Johnson.
Together they entered the NBA Finals for four consecutive seasons (1984-87), winning the championship in 1984 and ’86 respectively. Jones’ laid-back coaching style has received some criticism, but his players welcome it.
Bird once said: “He is respected by us as a coach and as a person.”
Jones left the Celtics after the 1987 season, first moved to the front desk of the Celtics, and then served as a coach in Seattle and Detroit, ending his career.
His No. 25 jersey has been retired by the Celtics and was selected into the Professional Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.
Jones is a native of Texas, starred in the University of San Francisco with Russell, and won consecutive NCAA championships in 1955 and ’56. In the summer after winning their second championship, the two led the US team to win the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics.
So far, Jones is only one of seven players who have won college basketball and NBA championships and Olympic gold medals, with Russell, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jerry Lucas, Quinn Buckner and Clyde Lowe. Vielight participates in the competition together.