Boston Celtics and NBA lose legend as Jo Jo White dies at 71

One of the NBA’s greatest teams has lost one of its greats.

Hall of Famer Jo Jo White who won two championship rings and was the NBA Finals MVP in 1976 as part of a 12-year career with the Celtics, Warriors and Kings has died after battling several health issues for years. He was 71.

“He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it,” the Boston Celtics said in a statement. “His contributions to the team’s championship legacy may have only been surpassed by the deep and lasting impact that he had in the community. The thoughts and sympathies of the entire Celtics organization are with the White family.”

White, who averaged 17.2 points and 4.9 assists per game for his career, was a seven-time All-Star and his Rookie Card can be found in the 1970-71 Topps set. That “tallboy” release also includes Rookie Cards for Pete Maravich, Pat Riley and Calvin Murphy.

He appears on fewer than 300 different basketball cards for his career and more than half of those are certified autograph cards. His most-recent autos can be found in several 2016-17 NBA releases from Panini America with the most cards coming in National Treasures. Perhaps his rarest type of card is on the memorabilia front where he’s got fewer than 40 mem cards from past Upper Deck and Topps releases.

For more on his life and career, read this piece.

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