Feb. 20, 1968

Red Auerbach added another Jones to the Celtics roster. Unlike Sam or K.C., who retired and was coaching at Brandeis University, this one was not destined for a Hall of Fame career.

Johnny Jones was a small forward out of California State University whose tenure in the NBA was limited to the 51 games in which he appeared for the Celtics in 1967-68/ He averaged 4.2 points and 2,2 rebounds per game.

He moved on to the ABA Kentucky Colonels for one season and was done after that.

Auerbach also growled at writers who had been critical of Bill Russell’s performance as a player-coach.

“Here is a guy that never quits, never begs, never cries and never makes excuses. Why don’t you give him credit for that?”

Russell went on to win the 1968 and 1969 NBA championships, giving him 11 in 13 seasons.

That’s about as perfect as a player or coach can be.

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