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John Havlicek, a mythological Boston Celtics star behind one of a many famous plays in NBA history, died Thursday during 79, a group announced.
The Hall of Famer’s means of genocide was not immediately clear, though a Celtics pronounced he died in Jupiter, Florida.
The basketball star was described by a group in a statement as “one of a many achieved players in Boston Celtics history, and a face of many of a franchise’s signature moments.”
Havlicek, with a nickname “Hondo” for his similarity to John Wayne, was famous for one of a many iconic plays in league. In a final seconds of a 1965 Eastern Conference final opposite a Philadelphia 76ers, he stole Hal Green’s inbound pass.
Boston Celtics’ John Havlicek (17) protects turn with his physique from Atlanta Hawks’ Walt Hazzard (42) during a 1970 NBA basketball diversion in Boston.
He was drafted in a initial turn in 1962 out of Ohio State — where he helped lead a Buckeyes to a 1960 inhabitant championship — by a Celtics group stocked with stars Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, Tom Sanders, Tom Heinsohn and Frank Ramsey.
The legend, described by a Celtics as “kind and considerate, common and gracious,” went on to win 8 NBA championships and an NBA Finals MVP endowment with Boston, environment Celtics career annals for points and games.
Havlicek was named one of a 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, and enshrined in a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984. The Celtics pronounced his late #17 jersey hangs in a rafters of TD Garden, a track home to a team.
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The group pronounced Havlicek’s “defining traits as a actor were his relentless dispatch and wholehearted joining to group over self.”
“He was unusually courteous and generous, both on a personal turn and for those in need, as illustrated by his joining to lifting income for The Genesis Foundation for Children for over 3 decades by his fishing tournament,” a matter read. “He was a champion in each sense, and as we join his family, friends, and fans in anguish his loss, we are grateful for all a fun and impulse he brought to us.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.