Jan. 10, 1973

Maybe it was his quiet demeanor, or a lack of great flare in his game. At the start of his Celtics career, Jo Jo White was not someone in whom fans saw greatness.

His teammates and coach saw it. No doubt Celtics president Red Auerbach saw it. And so did the rest of the NBA.

So it wasn’t unusual to see White’s name tagged in trade rumors. White and Heinsohn were determined to shut down such talk.

“I wouldn’t trade him for (Nate) Archibald,” Heinsohn told the Boston Globe. With Archibald putting together a career year – averaging 34 points and 11 assists per game – that was more than faint praise.

White’s varied abilities led to his becoming the perfect moving part in the Celtics’ Offense as Heinsohn molded a championship contender.

“Nobody has been asked to do so much around here and come through any better than White,” Heinsohn said, “He’s a four-year man and a great ballplayer. And he’s got guts.”

Heinsohn may have had White in the back of his mind when he began handing out Tommy Points decades later.

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