Consider his list of accomplishments: Twelve NBA championships as a player and coach. Two NCAA rings. One Olympic gold medal. That makes him one of only 8 players in history to achieve the basketball “Triple Crown”.
In fact, the win and Jones went so hand in hand that the joke was a ‘C’ in KC.
Jones died this week at the age of 88, the Boston Celtics announced on Friday.
The team did not announce the cause of death or say exactly when he passed away.
“KC Jones was among the most decorated champions in the history of our game,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.
“KC’s extraordinary achievements and impact will be remembered for a long time.”
Jones ’death was the second passing of the iconic Celtics figure this year.
His story is about rags to wealth
KC is his name. It was named after his father who in turn was named after the legendary railway engineer Casey Jones.
His parents separated when he was 9 years old. And KC moved with his mother and siblings to San Francisco.
“There he learned to play gravel basketball in a slum,” the profile states.
Jones attended the University of San Francisco. He spoke little, but was terribly present.
The 6-foot guard was a trail of defensive play, clinging to opponents like glue, denying them chances and frustrating them endlessly.
In college, he teamed up with Bill Russell – another player whose name and the word “legend” are synonymous – and won two NCAA championships.
The two were also part of the American team that won a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
After a two-year stay in the military, Jones joined the Celtics. He was on his way to seal his place in the history books.
His series was victorious
“In NBA history, only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones have had more championship rings during their playing careers,” the Celtics said, citing Jones’ achievements.
Jones played 9 seasons in the NBA – all in Boston. Eight finished in the NBA Championship.
After the Celtics lost to the 76ers in the 1967 Eastern Division final, Jones decided it was time to retire.
And when he did, the Celtics pulled off their No. 25 jersey.
His days of victory are over. His coaching days were about to begin.
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