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K.C. Jones (1932–2020), Celtics legend

by Kirk Fox

K.C. Jones was the steady point guard for the Boston Celtics who helped lead the team to eight NBA titles as a player and then two more as the head coach.

Boston Celtics legend

K.C. Jones was a steady point guard during the Celtics dynasty, helping the team win eight NBA titles. After his playing career, he won three more championships with the Celtics, one as an assistant coach and two more as head coach. He also won the 1955 and 1956 NCAA championship at the Universisty of San Francisco and an Olympic gold medal with Bill Russell, who would also be a teammate with Boston. While in the NBA, Jones was one of the league’s best defensive players. As a head coach, he won the 1984 and 1986 NBA titles for the Celtics with star Larry Bird. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.

On his calm demeanor coaching

“I prefer my players come across as geniuses. Mine is a subtle, quiet approach.” —Boston Globe

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Tributes to K.C. Jones

Full Obituary: Boston Globe

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