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K. C. Jones
Position(s) Guard
Jersey #(s) 25
Born May 25, 1932 (1932-05-25) (age 77)
Taylor, Texas, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1958–1967
NBA Draft 1956 / Round: 2 / Pick: 1
College San Francisco
Professional team(s)

As Player

As Coach

Career stats (NBA)
Points     5,011
Rebounds     2,399
Assists     2,908
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA Champion (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Gold 1956 Melbourne National team

K. C. Jones (born May 25, 1932 in Taylor, Texas) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. K. C. Jones is his full name.[1]


Playing career

Jones played college basketball at the University of San Francisco and, along with Bill Russell, led the Dons to two NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956. Jones also played with Russell on the 1956 United States men's Olympic basketball team, which won the gold medal at the Melbourne Summer Games. During his playing days, he was known as a tenacious defender. Jones spent all of his nine seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, being part of eight championship teams from 1959 to 1966. In NBA history, only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones have won more championship rings during their playing careers. After Boston lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1967 playoffs, Jones ended his playing career.


Hall of Fame legacy

K.C. Jones was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989. Prior to the Doc Rivers-coached Celtics championship of 2008, he was the last African-American head coach to have led a team to the NBA Championship (1986). Ironically, his 1986 Celtics are also the last NBA champion to have a majority of Caucasian players on their roster (and a majority in their starting lineup). Jones is the only African American coach to win multiple NBA championships as solely a head coach. (Bill Russell also won two titles as head coach, but he was also doubling as a player.) Also in 1986, Jones led the Eastern squad in the 1986 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas at the Reunion Arena beating the Western squad 139-132.

Coaching career

Jones began his coaching career at Brandeis University, serving as the head coach from 1967–1970. Jones then reunited with former teammate Bill Sharman as the assistant coach for the 1971–72 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers during the season the team won a record 33 straight games. The following season, Jones became the first coach of the San Diego Conquistadors, an American Basketball Association franchise which would have a very short life. A year later, in 1973 he became head coach of the Capital Bullets (which became the Washington Bullets one year later), coaching them for three seasons and leading them to the NBA Finals in 1975.

In 1983, he took over as head coach of the Boston Celtics, replacing Bill Fitch. Jones guided the Larry Bird-led Celtics to a championship in 1984 and 1986. The Celtics won the Atlantic Division in all five of Jones's seasons as head coach and reached the NBA Finals in 4 of his 5 years as coach. He briefly coached the Seattle SuperSonics in 1990 and 1991 as well.

Jones returned to the professional coaching ranks in 1997, guiding the New England Blizzard of the fledgling women's American Basketball League (1996–1998) through its last 1 1/2 seasons of existence. The Blizzard made the playoffs in Year 2, but they were summarily dispatched by the San Jose Lasers.

Life after the NBA

Today, Jones works for the University of Hartford Athletic Office and does the color commentary for the University of Hartford Men's Basketball. He also helps out at children's basketball camps in Cape Cod during the summer.


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Preceded by
N/A - Initial coach
San Diego Conquistadors head coach
Succeeded by
Wilt Chamberlain
Preceded by
Gene Shue
Capital Bullets/Washington Bullets head coach
Succeeded by
Dick Motta
Preceded by
Bill Fitch
Boston Celtics head coach
Succeeded by
Jimmy Rodgers
Preceded by
Bernie Bickerstaff
Seattle SuperSonics head coach
Succeeded by
George Karl


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