One of the legendary Boston Celtics who helped his franchise win two World Championships during his tenure there passed away recently after a long battle with brain cancer. Jo Jo White was only 71.
White’s career in basketball is legendary. He played college at Kansas and played so skillfully that his No. 15 jersey was retired after he left. According to 247 Sports, he was considered one of the best guards ever to come out of that school.
The Boston Celtics readily gave tribute to one of their legends, calling him both a “champion and a gentleman,” as well as “supremely talented and brilliant on the court and endlessly gracious off of it.”
In the ten years that he played for the Boston Celtics, his team won two NBA World Championships. He played 12 seasons in all, averaging 17.2 points, 4.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds for his career. The Celtics retired his No. 10 jersey.
He was a seven-time NBA All-Star as well as the MVP of the 1976 NBA Finals. He finished his NBA career with 14,399 points, 4,095 assists and 3,345 rebounds in 837 games. In 2015 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
According to CBS Sports, White had battled brain cancer for a very long time; in 2010 he underwent a surgery to remove a tumor.
Please pray for the family of Jo Jo White in this terrible time of grieving. In recent news, the latest known victim of California’s deadly mudslides has been discovered.