Celtics legend Jo Jo White has died

Celtics great JoJo White has died at the age of 71

JoJo White, who played with the Celtics from 1969 to 1979 and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, passed away at the age of 71. A former teammate of White's told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, who shared the news on Twitter.

In 2010, he underwent life-threatening surgery to remove a brain tumor, according to ESPN.

BOSTON (AP) - Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died.

He played basketball at the University of Kansas and represented the U.S. Men's Basketball team during the 1968 Summer Olympics.

"We are terribly saddened by the passing of the great Jo Jo White", the Celtics said in a statement announcing White's passing. "He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it", the team said in a statement.

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Jo Jo White leaves his legacy with the Celtics franchise.

The Celtics retired White's No. 10 the following year, and he still was working with the club as a director of special projects at the time of his death.

White was a key cog in the Celtics return to championship heights in the 1970s, starting for their 1973-74 and 1975-76 title teams while making seven straight All-Star teams.

Perhaps his greatest accomplishment of his career came in one game of his 1976 Finals MVP campaign.

White, as noted in the tweet above, was the MVP of the 1976 NBA Finals, when the Celtics defeated the Phoenix Suns in six games.

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