NBA Legend John Havlicek Dead at 79
The Hall of Famer is the all-time leading scorer for the Celtics and won eight titles
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A part of two separate Boston dynasties, Havlicek played all of his 16 seasons with the Celtics and was a 13-time All-Star. Though not necessarily a household name, the Hall of Famer is the all-time leading scorer for the Celtics and won eight championships with the team.
Only two players in NBA history — Celtics teammates Bill Russell (11) and Sam Jones (10) — have won more championships.
Following news of Havlicek’s passing, Russell tweeted out a tribute to his former teammate.
It is getting difficult each time I hear about another contemporary that passes! What is harder is when we lose guys like John Havlicek, he was not just a teammate & a great guy, but he was family. That is how our @celtics teams were. #RIP Hondo @NBA #RIPJohnHavlicek @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/VP9MGPjrmZ
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) April 26, 2019
The Celtics also released a statement honoring the franchise legend.
“John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history, and the face of many of the franchise’s signature moments,’’ the team said. “John was kind and considerate, humble and gracious. He was a champion in every sense, and as we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, we are thankful for all the joy and inspiration he brought to us.’’
Havlicek had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease prior to his death.
"Havlicek Stole the Ball!"
Hall of Famer and Celtics great John Havlicek has passed away at the age of 79. Our thoughts are with his loved ones and the @celtics community 🙏
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) April 26, 2019
RIP, Hondo. We’ll always remember you stole the ball.
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