Sports | April 26, 2019 9:43 am

NBA Legend John Havlicek Dead at 79

The Hall of Famer is the all-time leading scorer for the Celtics and won eight titles

Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek in 2015. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek in 2015. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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John Havlicek, one of the greatest Celtics in the history of the NBA’s winningest franchise, is dead at 79.

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.

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.

RIP, Hondo.  We’ll always remember you stole the ball.