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K.C. Jones

Enshrined 1989
San Francisco, CA
Born: May 25, 1932

Biography

A hard-nosed, play-making guard, and defensive specialist, it would be hard to find a basketball personality who has had more success as a player and a coach than K.C. Jones. Jones enjoyed a phenomenal collegiate career playing with Bill Russell for Hall of Fame coach Phil Woolpert at the University of San Francisco. With the ball-hawking guard, the Dons won 57 of 58 games and captured back-to-back NCAA titles in 1955 and 1956. In 1956 Jones played on the U.S. Olympic Gold Medal team and then, soon after, the Boston Celtics where he was reunited with Russell. Dressed in green and white, Jones played admirably on eight consecutive NBA championship teams (1958-66), making a huge impact as a scrapping, hustling player. Jones coached Boston to the 1984 and 1986 NBA championships, and earned twelve NBA championship rings in his distinguished career.

Career Highlights

NCAA championship with USF, 1955, 1956
U.S. Olympic Gold Medal, 1956
AAU All-America, 1957-58
NBA championships with Boston Celtics, 1959-66