University of San Francisco basketball legend, Boston Celtics player K.C. Jones dies at 88

K.C. Jones was part of the University of San Francisco team with Bill Russell that won back-to-back national championships in 1955 and 1956.
BOSTON (KGO) -- Basketball great KC Jones has died at the age of 88, the Boston Celtics announced on Friday.

He was part of the University of San Francisco team with Bill Russell that won back-to-back national championships in 1955 and 1956.

Russell tweeted condolences to the Jones family and shared a picture of the two.



Jones played nine seasons in the NBA, all with the Celtics, and won titles in eight of them -- the third most in league history, behind only longtime teammates Bill Russell (11) and Sam Jones (10). That success carried over to his coaching days, when he won three titles (one as an assistant, two as a head coach) during Boston's run of success in the 1980s with Larry Bird & Co.

Jones is one of only seven players to win an NCAA title, NBA title and Olympic Gold Medal.

"The Celtics family mourns his loss, as we celebrate his remarkable career and life," the Celtics said in a statement.

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