K. C. Jones
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|No. 27, 25|
May 25, 1932 |
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Commerce (San Francisco, California)|
|College||San Francisco (1952–1956)|
|NBA draft||1956 / Round: 2 / Pick: --|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Pro playing career||1958–1967|
|1971–1972||Los Angeles Lakers (Assistant)|
|1972–1973||San Diego Conquistadors (ABA)|
|1973–1976||Capital / Washington Bullets|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
|Points||5,011 (7.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,399 (3.5 rpg)|
|Assists||2,908 (4.3 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
Jones played college basketball at the University of San Francisco and, along with Bill Russell, led the Dons to two NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956. Jones also played with Russell on the United States team which won the gold medal at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
During his playing days, he was known as a tenacious defender. Jones spent all of his nine seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, being part of eight championship teams from 1959 to 1966. In NBA history, only teammates Bill Russell (11 championships) and Sam Jones (10 championships) have won more championship rings during their playing careers. After Boston lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1967 playoffs, Jones ended his playing career.
Hall of Fame legacy
K.C. Jones was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.
Jones began his coaching career at Brandeis University, serving as the head coach from 1967–1970. Jones then reunited with former teammate Bill Sharman as the assistant coach for the 1971–72 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers during the season the team won a record 33 straight games. The following season, Jones became the first coach of the San Diego Conquistadors, an American Basketball Association franchise which would have a very short life. A year later, in 1973 he became head coach of the Capital Bullets (which became the Washington Bullets one year later), coaching them for three seasons and leading them to the NBA Finals in 1975.
In 1983, he took over as head coach of the Boston Celtics, replacing Bill Fitch. Jones guided the Larry Bird-led Celtics to the championship in 1984 and 1986. Also in 1986, Jones led the Eastern squad in the 1986 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas at the Reunion Arena, beating the Western squad 139-132. The Celtics won the Atlantic Division in all five of Jones's seasons as head coach and reached the NBA Finals in 4 of his 5 years as coach. He briefly coached the Seattle SuperSonics in 1990 and 1991 as well.
Jones returned to the professional coaching ranks in 1997, guiding the New England Blizzard of the fledgling women's American Basketball League (1996–1998) through its last 1½ seasons of existence. The Blizzard made the playoffs in Year 2, but they were summarily dispatched by the San Jose Lasers.
Life after the NBA
Head coaching record
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|CAP||1973–74||82||47||35||.573||1st in Central||7||3||4||.429||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
|WSB||1974–75||82||60||22||.732||1st in Central||17||8||9||.471||Lost in NBA Finals|
|WSB||1975–76||82||48||34||.585||2nd in Central||7||3||4||.429||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
|BOS||1983–84||82||62||20||.756||1st in Atlantic||23||15||8||.652||Won NBA Championship|
|BOS||1984–85||82||63||19||.768||1st in Atlantic||21||13||8||.619||Lost in NBA Finals|
|BOS||1985–86||82||67||15||.817||1st in Atlantic||18||15||3||.833||Won NBA Championship|
|BOS||1986–87||82||59||23||.720||1st in Atlantic||23||13||10||.565||Lost in NBA Finals|
|BOS||1987–88||82||57||25||.695||1st in Atlantic||17||9||8||.529||Lost in Conference Finals|
|SEA||1990–91||82||41||41||.500||5th in Pacific||5||2||3||.400||Lost in First Round|
- NBA Legends profile: K.C. Jones
- SPORTS PEOPLE: BASKETBALL; K. C. Jones Returns as Aide With Pistons - New York Times. Nytimes.com (1994-09-03). Retrieved on 2013-03-07.
- K. C. Jones at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- NBA.com profile
- BasketballReference.com: K.C. Jones (as coach)
- BasketballReference.com: K.C. Jones (as player)
|San Diego Conquistadors head coach