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Celtics legend John Havlicek passes away at 79

By on April 26, 2019

The NBA lost one of its all-time greats on Thursday.

Boston Celtics legend Stan Mikita has passed away in Jupiter, Florida at the age of 79. The sad news comes after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

“John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history, and the face of many of the franchise’s signature moments,” said the Celtics said in a statement.

“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 spent his entire 16-year playing career with the Celtics organization from 1962-1978.

During that span, he averaged 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 1270 regular season games, and 22.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 179 career playoff games.

He also played in the NBA All-Star Game 13 times, named to the All-NBA First Team four times, NBA All-Defensive First Team five times, and won eight NBA titles (including an NBA Finals MVP in 1974).

He also had his no.17 retired by the Celtics, and his no.5 retired by his college team Ohio State Buckeyes.

Rest in peace, Hondo.

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