NBA legend John Havlicek passes away
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, NBA legend and Boston Celtics great John Havlicek passed away at the age of 79.
His former teammate Bill Russell released a statement on his passing on Twitter:
It is getting difficult each time I hear about another contemporary that passes! What is harder is when we lose guys like John Havlicek, he was not just a teammate and a great guy, but he was family. That is how our Celtics teams were. #RIP Hondo (@RealBillRussell)
The Celtics also released a statement on their website concerning the great Havlicek’s passing:
“He was extraordinarily thoughtful and generous, both on a personal level and for those in need, as illustrated by his commitment to raising money for The Genesis Foundation for Children for over three decades through his fishing tournament. John was kind and considerate, humble and gracious. 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 was a great athlete who got drafted in the both the 1962 NBA and NFL draft. He ultimately chose to play basketball, which turned out to be the right choice.
Havlicek played with Boston his whole career and had lots of success. He won eight NBA titles, the Finals MVP of the 1974 NBA Finals, and was named an All-Star 13 times. Havlicek is also one of the only 10 players in league history to have made eight All-NBA teams and eight All-Defensive teams. For his great accomplishments, Havlicek was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.