BOSTON, Mass. — John Havlicek, who won eight world championships as a player with the Boston Celtics, has passed away at the age of 79 in Jupiter, Florida.
Havlicek, originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut, played college basketball at Ohio State, winning a national championship in 1960. He was selected by the Celtics in the first round of the 1962 NBA Draft. In 16 seasons, he was named an All-Star 13 times while winning eight titles.
He was named MVP of the NBA Finals in 1974, when the Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Celtics confirmed Havlicek's passing and issued the following statement:
"John Havlicek is one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history, and the face of many of the franchise’s signature moments. He was a great champion both on the court and in the community, winning 8 NBA championships and an NBA Finals MVP, while holding Celtics career records for points scored and games played.
"Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, he is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame and his retired #17 hangs in the Garden rafters. His defining traits as a player were his relentless hustle and wholehearted commitment to team over self.
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