Celtic champ Jo Jo White traded; Kevin McHale’s jersey retired

On at the present time in Boston Celtics historical past, Celtics champion level guard Jo Jo White was traded to the Golden State Warriors again in 1979 for draft issues after a big damage modified the course of his Corridor of Fame profession.

White was a member of the Celtics for ten seasons, and among the finest athletes ever to swimsuit up for the storied franchise, notably in terms of endurance and availability. He performed for the College of Kansas earlier than turning professional and received a gold medal representing the US of America within the 1968 Olympic Video games that had been performed in Mexico Metropolis. Curiously sufficient, White was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and Dallas Cowboys in addition to the Boston Celtics.

He spent a tour within the Marines earlier than becoming a member of Boston, the pains of which he attributed to his later success with the workforce.

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White would win two championships with the Celts in 1974 and 1976 in addition to six consecutive All-Star bids between 1971 and 1977.

He additionally was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Crew his first yr within the league, All-NBA Second Crew in 1975 and 1977, and was named NBA Finals Most Priceless Participant in 1976.

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Injured in direction of the top of the 1977–78 season, White by no means returned to his elite degree of play and was reluctantly dealt to the Warriors in the course of the next season.

White’s streak of 488 consecutive video games performed continues to be a franchise document to at the present time.

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At the moment additionally marks the anniversary of the retirement of Kevin McHale’s #32 in 1994, throughout the halftime of a sport on the Boston Backyard, a 106-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

McHale performed 13 seasons within the NBA, all of them with the Celtics from 1980 to 1993, and received three NBA titles in 1981, 1984, and 1986.

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He began off with the {hardware} early, making the All-Rookie workforce nod in 1981, All-NBA First Crew in 1987, and was a seven-time NBA All-Star.

McHale earned NBA All-Defensive First Crew nods three straight seasons between 1986 and 1988 in addition to NBA All-Defensive Second Crew in 1983, 1989, and 1990 amongst many different honors.

Broadly considered one of many best forwards to play the sport, he was elected into the Basketball Corridor of Fame in 1999.

Dec 1981; USA; FILE PHOTO; Boston Celtics heart Rick Robey (53) shoots towards the Atlanta Hawks. Necessary Credit score: Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Community.

It’s also the birthday of Celtics heart Rick Robey, born at the present time in 1956 in Coral Gables, Florida.

An alum of Kentucky, Robey was taken by the Indiana Pacers within the 1978 NBA draft however can be dealt to Boston for Billy Knight the next January.

Robey would win a title with the Celtics in 1981, and averaged 8.3 factors, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per sport with Boston over 5 seasons earlier than he was dealt to the Phoenix Suns for Dennis Johnson.

Unknown Date & Location, USA; FILE PHOTO; Boston Celtics heart (6) Invoice Russell in motion towards the New York Knicks. Necessary Credit score: Photograph By Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports activities

Lastly, it was on at the present time in 1965, Celtics legend Invoice Russell pulled down an astounding 38 rebounds to go along with his 6 assists and 12 factors,

It got here throughout a 97-90 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Sq. Backyard.

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