Jones, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989, captured 10 titles as a participant, two far more as a mentor and two others as an assistant mentor.
“The Celtics family mourns the loss of twelve-time NBA champion, two-time NCAA winner, Gold medal-winning Olympian and Corridor of Famer K.C. Jones as we celebrate his extraordinary career and everyday living,” the Celtics stated in a statement.
Jones performed faculty basketball at the College of San Francisco, winning 1955 and 1956 countrywide crowns and a 1956 Melbourne Olympics title together with long run Celtics teammate Bill Russell.
Russell tweeted that he was informed Jones died Friday morning.
I just gained a phone permitting me know my x-roommate/teammate & most of all buddy the excellent KC Jones passed this m… https://t.co/nOn83GKAnG
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) 1608926227000
“The way that he was revered by the gamers he performed with, by the men and women he worked with, by the players that played for him, he was specific,” stated recent Celtics mentor Brad Stevens.
With the Celtics, Jones won eight consecutive titles from 1959 to 1966. The club retired his jersey selection, 25, in 1967.
Only Celtics teammates Russell and Sam Jones received far more job NBA titles as gamers.
“Exactly where K.C. Jones went, winning was guaranteed to observe,” the Celtics stated.
Jones joined Russell, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Quinn Buckner, Jerry Lucas and Clyde Lovellette as the only players to total the “Triple Crown” of NBA and NCAA titles moreover Olympic gold.
Jones served as an assistant coach for the 1972 NBA champions Los Angeles Lakers and served as head mentor for the Washington Bullets for a few seasons, but he joined the Celtics coaching workers in 1978 and was an assistant when they received the 1981 NBA crown.
In 1983, Jones was named Celtics head mentor and guided the crew to NBA championships in 1984 and 1986. Boston also achieved the NBA finals below Jones in 1985 and 1987.
“K.C. also demonstrated that a person could be both of those a intense competitor and a gentleman in just about every feeling of the phrase,” the Celtics mentioned in their assertion.
“He created his teammates better and he bought the most out of the gamers he coached. Under no circumstances one to seek credit rating, his glory was located in the most fundamental of basketball ideals — being part of a successful team.”