Video: Celtics honor John Havlicek, offer moment of silence before Game 3 vs. Bucks
Havlicek passed away last week, and Boston made sure their legend will be remembered Friday night.
— A. Sherrod Blakely (@ASherrodblakely) May 4, 2019
John Havlicek, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, played his entire 16-year career with the Celtics. He is a member of the 1984 Hall of Fame class. He was 79 years old.
The 13-time All-Star retired from basketball in 1978. He turned in his remarkable career averaging 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 36.6 minutes per game. The Cs wore his retired No. 17 in pregame warmups.
Brad Stevens says of tonight's planned tributes, "We feel lucky to get a chance to celebrate John Havlicek tonight."
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 3, 2019
Havlicek played alongside the great Bill Russell in the crux of his title triumph, and he even wholeheartedly came off the bench through a majority of their games.
In a statement released by the team after Havlicek’s passing, the Celtics called the Boston great “one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history, and the face of many of the franchise’s signature moments.”
John was kind and considerate, humble and gracious. He was a champion in every sense, and as we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, we are thankful for all the joy and inspiration he brought to us.”
The Celtics would very much like to commemorate Havlicek with a crucial victory against the top-seeded Bucks. A win would push the series to 2-1 in Boston’s favor.