Sam Jones, legend of the Boston Celtics and winner of 10 NBA rings, died this Thursday at 88 years.
The ESPN network, citing Celtics sources, noted that Jones died in a Florida hospital.
Regarded as one of the most important scorers in league history, Jones ranks second among players. with the most NBA titles behind only Bill Russell, winner of 11 rings and teammate on the Celtics led by Red Auerbach.
“Sam Jones was one of the most talented shooters, versatile and clutch (decisive under the pressure of the last seconds) for the most successful and dominant team in NBA history, “the Boston franchise said in a statement.
The Jones family is in our thoughts as we mourn the loss of Sam Jones and fondly remember the life and career of one of the greatest champions in American sports.
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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 31, 2021
By this praise, the Boston people were referring to the 11 titles they achieved the mythical Celtics who, from the second half of the 50s and throughout the 1960s, they won 11 championships practically in a row.
Jones did not appear in the squad that took the first ring of that excellent streak (1956-1957 season), but he was in the next 10 that achieved the Celtics between the courses 1958-1959 and 1968-1969.
The escort was the ideal companion on the outside for Russell’s inner might, received the eloquent nickname “The Shooter” (the shooter) and was known for his effective plank throwing technique.
Jones also became very famous for his effectiveness in decisive moments, so much so that, as the Celtics recalled today, his scoring stats were better in the playoffs (18.9 points per game) than in the regular season (17.7 points).
The Boston team retired in 1969 Jones’ jersey with the number 24 number, and the player entered the NBA Hall of Fame in 1984.
In addition, Jones was on the list of the 75 best players in NBA history that the league itself carried out to celebrate 75 years of the most important competition in world basketball.
“Sam Jones will be remembered as one of the most prolific champions in all professional sports, “NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a press release.
“His altruistic style, his performances ‘clutch’ and its characteristic table shot they were the hallmarks of an incredible career, “he added.
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