NBA legend KC Jones, an eight-time professional league champion and four-time coach, has died at 88.
In the professional league history, he did not achieve more titles than Jones in playing, except for his Boston Celtics colleagues Bill Russell and Sam Jones.
Jones remains one of only seven players to achieve the “Triple Crown” by winning the Universiade, Professional League, and Olympic gold and joined the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.
I just received a call letting me know my x-roommate/teammate & most of all friend the great KC Jones passed this morning. Prayers to his family. We have been friends for almost 60yrs, this our last photo together. Friends for life #2020Usuck! #RIP @NBA @celtics pic.twitter.com/Ia6yZB5l2x
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) December 25, 2020
“I received a call informing me that my colleague and friend and the legend K.C. Jones passed away this morning,” Russell wrote on Twitter and posted a picture of them.
He added, “We have been in friendship for about 60 years, and this is the last picture that brought us together. Friends forever.”
Jones won 11 of a total of 12 titles in his professional league with the Boston Celtics.