Joseph “Jo Jo” White (November 16, 1946 – January 16, 2018)

January 17, 2018

Boston Celtic great Joseph “Jo Jo” White was a 13 year professional basketball player in the NBA, star at the University of Kansas, a key player on the gold-medal winning 1968 USA Olympic basketball team and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, White was the youngest of seven children. During his college career at Kansas, White enjoyed much success, being selected to the 1968 and 1969 NCAA All-American Second Team. White was drafted by the NBA’s Boston Celtics with the ninth overall pick in the 1969 draft. White would be named to the All-NBA rookie team during the 1970 season. During his tenure with the Celtics, White was an All-Star for seven straight seasons from 1971 through 1977. He was known for his continued durability throughout his career, playing in all 82 games for five consecutive seasons during the 1970s. He set a Celtic franchise record with 488 consecutive games played. He is the only player drafted four times, including the NBA, MLB, NFL and US Military. He was director of special projects and community relations with the organization during the time of his death.