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Thank You, Hondo

Discussion in 'Mark Blount's Port Cellar: Celtics Forum' started by ifmanis5, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. ifmanis5

    ifmanis5 Member SoSH Member

  2. DeJesus Built My Hotrod

    DeJesus Built My Hotrod Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    RIP. Legend is the right word. Guy was a beast at his peak.
  3. patinorange

    patinorange Member SoSH Member

    Well, shit.
  4. ifmanis5

    ifmanis5 Member SoSH Member

  5. mikeot

    mikeot Member SoSH Member

    Very sad news. RIP to one of the all-time greats.
  6. CreedBratton

    CreedBratton Member SoSH Member

    Hondo. Frig so sad. What a legend. Synonymous with the greatest call in basketball history. Havlicek steals the ball
  7. scotian1

    scotian1 Member SoSH Member

    Sad news for sure. Those of my age were lucky to live in an era where we witnessed so many Championships and so many great players. Havlicek was one of the greatest and who can forget the call of Johnny Most.
  8. scotian1

    scotian1 Member SoSH Member

    Here is even a better video of the moment

  9. bankshot1

    bankshot1 Member SoSH Member

    Truly one of the all-time greats

    RIP Hondo
  10. Carbo Loading

    Carbo Loading Member SoSH Member

    My first favorite Celtic. RIP Hondo. 9 time champion (1 NCAA, 8 NBA)
  11. scotian1

    scotian1 Member SoSH Member

  12. HowBoutDemSox

    HowBoutDemSox Member SoSH Member

    RIP a true Celtic and an NBA legend. Hope he’s sharing a cigar with Red right now.
  13. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Crushing. The only athlete I ever met for business that I was completely in awe of. Like it was hard to be professional because I was a babbling idiot. He couldn't have been more genuinely nice.
    He and Yaz were my first sports idols.
  14. bsj

    bsj Renegade Crazed Genius SoSH Member

    This one hurts. He was before my time but he was also Mr Celtic. Sigh. RIP Hondo :(
  15. bosockboy

    bosockboy Member SoSH Member

    Mount Rushmore Celtic, which is a big thing. The bridge between Russell and Bird.
    Would have won another ring in ‘73 if he was healthy.
  16. The Big Red Kahuna

    The Big Red Kahuna Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Grew up going to school with and was good friends with his daughter. He was a legend on the court, but a completely “normal” and down to earth dad at home. This one hurts. RIP Captain.
  17. ifmanis5

    ifmanis5 Member SoSH Member

    Mike Gorman‏ @celticsvoice 9m9 minutes ago
    I cannot come up with words to describe what we lost with the passing of John Havlicek. I can only assure you that everything you hear or read about what a genuinely good man he was is true. He was what we hope our heroes can be. @nba @celtics
  18. RoDaddy

    RoDaddy Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I have a lot of great memories watching him play, especially the great two way play (as in first team defensive team while being the top scorer on the team), and his amazing fitness. He often went 48 minutes a game AS A GUARD/SMALL FORWARD!!! And yeah, tough loss in '73 to injury - I believe that C's team had the most wins in franchise history and would've won another if Hondo hadn't gone down
  19. snowmanny

    snowmanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    At 53 seconds in you'll see the first thing I think of with Havlicek...the leaner banker against the Suns in Game 5, right before the JoJo Free Throw and the Heard jumper. Just a great player for so many years and a great guy to root for.

  20. wade boggs chicken dinner

    wade boggs chicken dinner Member SoSH Member

    Me too. He was my favorite player growing up. That series turned me into a Celtic fan for life.

    Legend had it that Hondo ran 8 miles in one game (he played 43 minutes). https://www.si.com/vault/1977/05/16/626712/scorecard.

    He was so awesome, particularly since he didn't have the obvious physical gifts of a lot of other players.

  21. Captaincoop

    Captaincoop Member SoSH Member

    If he knew Larry Bird was coming around the bend, he may have stuck around for a year to be a part of that 79-80 team.

    RIP one of the truly great C's.
  22. ifmanis5

    ifmanis5 Member SoSH Member

  23. TripleOT

    TripleOT Member SoSH Member

    He and Bobby Orr were my first two favorite athletes. When I heard he passed, I thought how lucky I have been to get to see four and a half decades of almost uninterrupted greatness from the wing - Hondo, Bird, and Pierce. I remember that baseline jumper over Jabbar to help get past the Bucks in 1974, and of course the banker in the TripleOT game two years later.

    The indefatigable Havlicek, who would run around the court all game to get open for an easy shot, is sadly now at rest.
  24. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    That's a fantastic quote by Gorman
  25. MannyRam

    MannyRam Member SoSH Member

    No player embodied the team above all mantra of the Celtics more than Hondo. RIP John
  26. boxosII

    boxosII Member SoSH Member

    Ted Williams-level sad
  27. Sam Ray Not

    Sam Ray Not Member SoSH Member

  28. dhappy42

    dhappy42 Straw Man

    Favorite Celtic when I was a kid. Liked pretending to be Jo Jo White more, though, because I liked the sound of saying “Jo Jo White.” Where does the nickname “Hondo” come from?
  29. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

    John Wayne movie

    RIP Hondo. Truly one of the greats, one of the few players I wish I was old enough to have seen play. Celtics family weeps today. Parkinson's sucks.
  30. sheamonu

    sheamonu Member SoSH Member

    My favorite as a kid as well. He was what I thought basketball was. I still do.
  31. 75cent bleacher seat

    75cent bleacher seat Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    As a kid I remember reading about how he ran to wherever he was going...to school, to the store, wherever. He once put on a display in practice of making 50 free throws without missing. RIP John.
  32. NAR29996

    NAR29996 Member SoSH Member

    Also my favorite Celtic growing up. RIP Hondo, and thanks for the memories.
  33. pedro1918

    pedro1918 Member SoSH Member

    I'm really not much of a basketball fan anymore, but when I was a kid, I was a Hondo guy. In the driveway and on the local playgrounds, I was always Hondo. Rest in peace, John.
  34. cornwalls@6

    cornwalls@6 Member SoSH Member

    I only saw him play in the last 3 or 4 years of his career, but that shot seems like yesterday. Remember vividly watching that game with my father and brother. Also, he and JoJo White were my favorite Celtics of the 70's(I know Cowens was probably the best of the decade, but I loved those guys). Just a great, great player, and overall athlete. RIP Hondo.
  35. jacklamabe65

    jacklamabe65 A New Frontier butt boy Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I was a season-ticket holder in the '70s, and had the honor of watching John play with all of his heart in person on many, many occasions. I always laugh when those who never saw Russ or "Jarring John" play invariably put Larry on top of the C's Everest. Those three immortals would be sharing the turf together, my friends, with Russ on top and John and Larry serving as his two acolytes. Maybe it's because I am now 64, maybe it's because I remember Hondo's entire career with the C's from beginning to end, maybe it's because I saw him play in person over 50 times, but I am a mess today. John, Russ, Dave Cowens, Bobby Orr, Espo, Yaz, Tony C. - they were our Gods. What an Olympus for a kid growing up in Boston to have.
  36. Big John

    Big John lurker

    Great defender at three positions-- maybe the greatest of all time in that role. He scored nearly 27,000 points but I never saw him dunk the ball once, not even in warmups.
  37. lexrageorge

    lexrageorge Member SoSH Member

    I grew up watching the Havlicek/Cowens/JoJo Celtics, and retain fond memories of that team. Played nearly every minute of that epic series against the Bucks in 1974.

    In regards to the "might have been's", while he was 37 when he retired and clearly past his prime, he was still an effective player. He did lament the fact that he never got the chance to play with Bird, as he really didn't want to stick around with the team after the disastrous 1977-78 season. In terms of how effective he may have been, there was an NBA Old Timer's game during All Star weekend in 1984, in which Havlicek was running up and down the floor like he was still an active player:

  38. snowmanny

    snowmanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    But in warmups he always made his last shot.
  39. JCizzle

    JCizzle Member SoSH Member

    Thanks for sharing that link. Tommy trying to pants that guy was hilarious.
  40. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

  41. Kull

    Kull wannabe merloni SoSH Member

    For all his skills, John Havlicek is one of the few guys of whom you can legitimately say "and a better human being".

    Interesting note in the above clip - Havlicek was drafted in the 7th round by the Browns (who cut him).
  42. bankshot1

    bankshot1 Member SoSH Member

    Celts should put a memorial-patch/black band on their play-off unis w/#17 (if you can have 2 #s on a uni)
  43. Al Zarilla

    Al Zarilla Member SoSH Member

    One thing unusual about John Havlicek is that he would often play in the 40s of minutes per game and it looked like he didn't even sweat. Perfect athletic shape guy all his life. He came out of Ohio State with Jerry Lucas, who was more heralded, and Larry Sigfried. Red drafted the right one. Surprised?
  44. SoxVindaloo

    SoxVindaloo Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    R.I.P. Hondo. Very Sad. I am 51 years old and Hondo and Cowens were my first Celtics idols as a kid. He always seemed like an incredibly kind and decent person as well.
  45. Dotrat

    Dotrat Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    This is so sad—one of the true icons of Boston sports and the NBA. I have distant but fond memories of watching those early ‘70s Celtics teams and realizing that no one could guard him, not for long anyway.
  46. Philip Jeff Frye

    Philip Jeff Frye Member SoSH Member

    It's always sad when somebody like this passes but the memories that people post in threads like this are one of the best things about SoSH.
  47. Dick Pole Upside

    Dick Pole Upside Member SoSH Member

    Likewise... and Bobby Orr.

    My Dad played college basketball for Harvard in the mid-50’s. Played against the Holy Cross guys (Heinsohn in season and Cousy as a counselor at summer camps) and even Jim Brown the football legend. So I listened to what my Dad had to say about Hondo, who was about 5 years younger. He loved Hondo and Jo Jo White.

    “Just watch Havlicek, and don’t take your eyes off of him. He runs... and runs... and runs... and never stops. If you never stop hustling, you will always eventually beat your man.”

    Hondo was a marvel. He was a five-tool basketball player, if there even was such a thing. Tough as nails. Indefatigable. Just a joy to watch.

  48. BrunanskysSlide

    BrunanskysSlide Member SoSH Member

    Tommy did a great interview remembering Hondo. He mentioned they were roommates and I thought he was going to cry. Also he told a good story about Red ripping into Havlicek his first game of his second year and Havlicek really taking it to heart.
  49. Doug Beerabelli

    Doug Beerabelli Killer Threads Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    My dad was a point guard in HS at Eastie High, so he was always a Cousy guy. But he'd tell me the best player they ever had was Russell, with Havlicek a close second ( Larry would be there too now). Schooled me on all the Celts greats of the late 50s and 60s. I never saw them play (I was 7 when Hondo retired), but my dad helped me grow to have a great appreciation of all those guys, and do continue that appreciation into their retirements. RIP Hondo.
  50. Minneapolis Millers

    Minneapolis Millers Member SoSH Member

    At a time as a young kid when I needed a hero, Havlicek was that man. A true role model in every way.

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