Shockwaves hit NBA fans when it was announced that another pillar of the NBA’s greatest dynasty has died. K.C. Jones, a Boston Celtics legend who won eight championships as a player and four as a coach, has died, the team announced today. He was 88. Jones is the third member of the Celtics’ dynasty to die in the past two years, following John Havlicek in 2019 and Tommy Heinsohn earlier this year.
Jones followed Bill Russell, his college teammate at the University of San Francisco, to Boston. There, he took part in an unmatched period of dominance. Jones’ first eight seasons in the NBA ended in a Celtics championship, and his playmaking and defense being integral factors in why. The only players to have more championship rings as players in NBA history are Jones’ Celtics teammates Russell and Sam Jones. Including his NCAA championships at San Francisco and the gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics, and Jones is one of only seven players to win the so-called “Triple Crown,” per the Celtics.