Jo Jo White Rumors
Chris Forsberg: The Celtics have set up a tribute to Jo Jo White with his jersey draped on his familiar seat at TD Garden. Workers are wearing No. 10 pins in his honor.
White survived brain surgery and was a fixture at TD Garden in recent years. He fought long and hard enough to participate in his induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2015, where he greeted the crowd in a prepared speech, speaking clearly and eloquently despite battling health issues. White passed away Tuesday at age 71 of brain cancer. He was a prince, always walking with class and dignity, never fully acknowledging his greatness, always directing the attention and adulation of those great 1970s teams to his teammates and coach Tom Heinsohn.
“He was the guy that if you wanted somebody to shoot a free throw at the end of the game, John Havlicek didn’t shoot it, it was Jo Jo,” Cowens told the Globe last night. “He was a clutch guy and a great teammate.”
“Well I didn’t get to know him real well but my times that I spent with him he was always super kind,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “He was always certainly really appreciative to have been part of the Boston Celtics, and you just appreciated kind of how he treated everybody. And when he was around, you could tell he had an influence on our guys and impact on our guys. And it’s really sad. You know, our hearts, obviously goes out to the family.”
His post-career battle was indicative of his heart and grit. White never felt sorry for himself. He never shied away from a conversation. He was always smiling. He was always immaculately dressed. Even as he struggled to get around, he walked with grace and class.