By Simdi Gloria:-
12-time NBA champion as a player, coach, and 1956 Olympic gold medalist, KC Jones has died.
His former club the Boston Celtics announced Friday. He died aged 88.
Jones was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989. He captured 10 titles as a player, two more as a coach, and two others as an assistant coach.
“The Celtics family mourns the loss of twelve-time NBA champion, two-time NCAA champion, Gold medal-winning Olympian and Hall of Famer K.C. Jones as we celebrate his remarkable career and life,” the Celtics said in a statement.
At the University of San Francisco, he played basketball winning 1955 and 1956 national crowns and a 1956 Melbourne Olympics title alongside future Celtics teammate Bill Russell.
“The way that he was revered by the players he played with, by the people he worked with, by the players that played for him, he was special,” said current Celtics coach Brad Stevens.
“Where K.C. Jones went, winning was sure to follow,” the Celtics said.
“K.C. also demonstrated that one could be both a fierce competitor and a gentleman in every sense of the word,” the Celtics said in their statement.
“He made his teammates better and he got the most out of the players he coached. Never one to seek credit, his glory was found in the most fundamental of basketball ideals — being part of a winning team.”
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