Ohio legend John Havlicek dead at 79

Ohio legend John Havlicek dead at 79

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - John Havlicek, one of the greatest players in basketball history, has died at age 79, according to the Boston Celtics.

Havlicek is the Celtics’ all-time leading scorer with 26,395 career points.

He won 8 NBA titles and was a 13-time NBA All-Star.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement: “John Havlicek was a wonderful friend who represented the best of the NBA. He described himself as a man of routine and discipline – a humble approach that produced extraordinary results, including eight NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, 13 All-Star selections and some of the most iconic moments in league history. A trusted teammate who prioritized winning, John’s passion and energy endeared him to basketball fans and made him a model for generations of NBA players. We send our deepest sympathies to John’s wife, Beth, his son, Chris, and his daughter, Jill, as well as the entire Celtics organization.”

Havlicek also won an NCAA title at Ohio State in 1960, teaming with Jerry Lucas and Bobby Knight.

He was also a 3-sport star at Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, OH and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.

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