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Celtics legend Sam Jones dies at age 88

Five-time All-Star and ten-NBA title winner Jones died in Florida after losing health.

The Celtics silently prayed for Jones before the match against the Phoenix Suns on Friday afternoon. (Getty Images)

Basketball Hall of Fame Sam Jones, Boston Celtics’ Mr. Clutch died at the age of 88, with a sharp shot fueling the league’s longest dynasty and winning 10 NBA titles.

According to Celtics spokesman Jeff Twis, Jones died Thursday in Florida and was hospitalized for health problems.

“Sam Jones was one of the most successful, most versatile, and clutch shooters in NBA history for the dominant team,” the team said in a statement.

“His scoring ability was so great and his shape was so pure that he got the simple nickname” shooter “,” said the Celtics.

“The Jones family is in our minds to mourn his loss and truly remember the life and career of one of America’s greatest champions in sports.”

The Celtics pray to Jones before the match against Phoenix Suns on Friday afternoon, displaying a video tribute on the screen hanging between the championship banners on the parquet floor of TD Garden. did.

His No. 24, retired by the Celtics in 1969 while he was still an active player, was quiet before his still photo in a suit and the words “Sam Jones 1933-2021”. It was also displayed on the monitor of the arena. “

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Celtics coach Red Auerbach found Jones when he went to North Carolina to scout national champion Tar Heels and attend a draft conference. Auerbach said the best players in the state were actually said to be on the North Carolina Central coach John McLendon’s Hall of Fame team.

Auerbach chose Jones in the first round of the 1957 draft. It was eighth overall, even though I had never seen him play.

Jones led the team with five points, including the 1963 Champion, who averaged 17.7 points and a little less than five rebounds in the Celtics over 12 years and was inducted into the eight Hall of Fame on the roster.

Jones was even better in the playoffs, averaging 18.9 points per postseason game. When he retired in 1969 at the age of 36, he was the only player in the history of the Celtics to score more than 50 points in the game.

Still using unconventional bankshots, Jones became known as “Mr. Clutch” after a series of game winners, including a buzzer beater clinching the 1962 Eastern Conference Finals.

He hit an unbalanced, unbalanced jumper to win Game 4 of the ’69 Final, and instead of heading to 3-1 following Los Angeles, the Celtics tied the series two games each with the Lakers and continued to win. seven.

Jones retired after the title and won 10 championships in 12 seasons. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984 with five All-Stars. He has been named to the NBA’s 25th, 50th, and 75th Anniversary teams.

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Source: AP

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