Sam Jones, Boston Celtics Hall Of Famer, Dies At 88

Sam Jones, a clutch scorer who won 10 titles with the Boston Celtics
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Sam Jones, a clutch scorer who won 10 titles with the Boston Celtics during their dynasty in the late 1950s and 1960s, has died at the age of 88.

Jones died Thursday night in Florida, where he had been hospitalized in failing health, Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said. The team has planned a moment of silence before Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns.

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984, Jones played all 12 of his NBA seasons with the Celtics. Paired with K.C. Jones in the backcourt, he was a shooting guard known for his quickness, his leadership on the court and one of the best bank shots in the game.

Jones was drafted sight unseen by Red Auerbach in 1957 out of North Carolina Central, a historically Black college. Read more.

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