I wrote a short piece on legendary Boston Celtics player John Havlicek, who recently passed away at age 79, for Talkbasket.net.
By Ed Odeven
Ten days ago, John Havliceck was memorialized by former teammates and other sporting greats who paid their final respects at Trinity Church in Boston.
Havlicek, who died at age 79 in late April, starred for the Boston Celtics from 1962-78. A 13-time All-Star, he played on eight NBA championship teams. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.
Fellow Celtics legend Bob Cousy, the inimitable point guard out of Holy Cross University, summed up Havlicek’s career at the memorial service on May 24.
“My old Jesuit mentor at HC (told me) that basically what God requires of you is that you maximize your God-given talents to reach out to those who need a boost,” Cousy said. “John personified this attitude.”
A model of consistency, Havlicek became the first player in NBA history to score 1,000 or more points in 16 straight seasons. He averaged 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in the regular season. Furthermore, the Ohio State alum increased his numbers in the postseason: 22.0 and 6.9 (with 4.8 assists), appearing in 172 playoff games.