John Havlicek, Boston Celtics Legend, Dead at 79

Boston Celtics great John Havlicek participates in a ceremony during a game in 2016.
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BOSTON (WEEI) -- Boston Celtics Hall of Famer John Havlicek has passed away at the age of 79, the team announced Thursday night.

Havlicek played for 16 seasons with the Celtics, winning eight NBA championships. His teams were 8-0 in NBA Finals.

The longtime C's forward was drafted by both the Celtics and the NFL's Cleveland Browns out of Ohio State in 1962.

Havlicek is the Celtics' all-time leader in points and games played, averaging 20.8 points per game. He is 13th all-time in points scored in the NBA, having become the first player in league history to score 1,000 points in 16 consecutive seasons.

The 13-time NBA All-Star saw his No. 17 retired immediately at the conclusion of his playing career in 1978.

The Celtics 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. He was extraordinarily thoughtful and generous, both on a personal level and for those in need, as illustrated by his commitment to raising money for The Genesis Foundation for Children for over three decades through his fishing tournament. John was kind and considerate, humble and gracious. He was a champion in every sense, and as we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, we are thankful for all the joy and inspiration he brought to us.

By Rob Bradford