Olympic Champion, KC Jones’ Cause of Death: Long-Time Disease
Olympic champion KC Jones’ cause of death is confirmed Friday by his family as a long-time disease.
His family announced that he died after receiving care for Alzheimer’s disease in the past several years.
KC Jones was “Boston Celtics Hall of Famer”, a 12-time NBA champion; one of only seven players in history to win championships in college and the pros and Olympic gold medal.
According to Celtics, K.C. was also demonstrated to be both a fierce competitor and a gentleman in every sense of the word. He helped his teammates be better, and he got the most out of the players he coached. “The Celtics family mourns his loss as we celebrate his remarkable career and life.”
Boston Celtics’ Hall of Famer, KC Jones’ Cause of Death Announced
A point guard who excelled on defense, K.C. Jones and Bill Russell joined to lead San Francisco back-to-back NCAA championships in 1955-56. They also played on the U.S. team that won the Olympic gold medal at Melbourne’s 1956 Games.
Jones joined with Russell in Boston to win eight straight NBA titles from 1959-66.
K.C. Jones retired in 1967 and started coaching, first in college at Brandeis and Harvard, then joined the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant; he earned another championship ring in 1972 there.
He was an assistant coach in the Celtics team that it won all in 1981 before guiding the team led by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish to the 1984 and 1986 championships.
KC No. 25 was inducted into the “Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame” in 1989. Only Bill Russell and, Sam Jones won more NBA championships as players.
“Where K.C. Jones went, winning was sure to follow,” the Boston Celtics said in a statement before their Christmas Day game against the Brooklyn Nets. “Never one to seek credit, his glory was found in the most fundamental of basketball ideals, being part of a winning team.”