Sad news on this Christmas: Celtics legend KC Jones has died. Jones, a college teammate of Bill Russell at the University of San Francisco, where they won two NCAA titles, won 12 NBA championships — 11 with Boston: eight as a player, one as an assistant and two as a head coach.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) December 25, 2020
"Where K.C. Jones went, winning was sure to follow," the Celtics said in a statement before their Christmas Day matchup against the Brooklyn Nets."K.C. also demonstrated that one could be both a fierce competitor and a gentleman in every sense of the word. He made his teammates better, and he got the most out of the players he coached," the team said. "Never one to seek credit, his glory was found in the most fundamental of basketball ideals — being part of a winning team."
"K.C. was a great coach to play for," said Ainge. "He was a class act, and everybody knew that. And yet he had a competitive edge that was fierce. You wanted to do all you could to please K.C. as a coach, but he had this gentleness and a kindness that the right time he knew what to say. He was a great leader of men."
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