Former Celtics NBA champion, Hall of Famer dies at 71

Former Celtics NBA champion, Hall of Famer dies at 71

Former Celtics NBA champion, Hall of Famer dies at 71

Born Joseph Henry White, the point guard was best known for his ten-year stint with the Celtics, playing nine seasons and setting the franchise record of 488 consecutive games played.

The seven-time NBA All-Star and MVP of the 1976 NBA Finals, a dramatic series that featured the Celtics beating the Phoenix Suns, played with the Celtics, Golden State Warriors and Kansas City Kings in his 13-year career.

Jo Jo White during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 announcement in Indianapolis. With many vocal supporters, he earned induction into the Hall of Fame after a long wait in 2015 and gave a moving speech as part of the induction week where he reveled in the honor.

"Jo Jo White was a legend of our game. Two-time National Basketball Association champion, Finals MVP and Olympic gold medalist - a model of consistent excellence and uncommon poise", National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

He played for six Celtics teams that reached the playoffs. Following that, he had established the Jo Jo White Foundation to help support research for brain cancer.

The Celtics retired White's No. 10 the following year, and he still was working with the club as a director of special projects at the time of his death. White was the first round pick of the NBA's Boston Celtics in 1969.

At KU, White was a two-time second-team All American.

Before going pro, he played on the 1968 USA Olympic basketball team in Mexico City, Mexico, which won the gold medal despite numerous top prospects at the time not playing on it.

His No. 15 is retired by Kansas, and No. 10 by the Celtics.

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