- Jul 4, 2007
IIRC, his first bucket as a pro was a dunk, the only dunk of his career. i distinctly remember his last game, the 31 win Cs and the 27 win Buffalo Braves playing out the string, and one of the story lines was whether Hondo would dunk his last bucket.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.
Providence legend Ernie DiGregorio was dusted off the Celtics' bench to feed the ball to Hondo over and over, and Havlicek ended his career at age 37 by putting up 29 points as the Celtics dropped 73 second half points on the Braves for the win.
It was also the last game for Ernie D, finished at age 27. He never fully recovered from a knee operation the season after winning ROY with the Braves in 1974.