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John Havlicek, a 13-time all-star during his 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, has passed away at age 79.

The Boston Globe provides some context for his career, noting that he was an “understated superstar who transformed an off-the-bench role into a Hall of Fame career and became the all-time leading scorer with the Boston Celtics … he set league records for games played (1,270) and consecutive 1,000-point seasons (all 16), as he played across Celtic dynasties. He was known for his huge lungs and an epic work ethic, constantly hustling the floor quarter after quarter and honing his skills long beyond when other basketball players hit the point of retirement.”

And the Globe quotes Bill Russell, often called one of the best basketball players in history, who played with Havlicek for seven years, as saying that he was “the best all-around player I ever saw.”
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