Me too. He was my favorite player growing up. That series turned me into a Celtic fan for life.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.
That's a fantastic quote by GormanMike 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
John Wayne movieFavorite 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?
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.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.
Thanks for sharing that link. Tommy trying to pants that guy was hilarious.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:
Likewise... and Bobby Orr.Crushing...
He and Yaz were my first sports idols.