Dave Cowens, a fellow Celtic great, played alongside John Havlicekthroughout the ’70s. Together, they helped the franchise win two NBA titles. Havlicek played with Cowens in his last eight seasons on the court. The pair helped revive the Celtics team.
The Boston Celtics are a legendary franchise in the NBA. On this day in 1976, John Havlicek and his teammates helped further solidify that legend with their winning opening game against the Indiana Pacers. With a merger season, feuds between coaches Red Auerbach and Bob “Slick” Leonard, and clutch players like Havlicek, this game was an exciting one for fans. Read more about this great day in Celtics history here.
John Havlicek is frequently referred to as one of the greatest NBA players of all time in one breath and then as one of the most unappreciated players in another. This in-depth article explains the dichotomy of Havlicek’s greatness and and why he has been overshadowned by other Celtics greats.
The Bears’ offensive lineman, Gabe Carimi, is a tough player. Starting at left and right tackle, he has earned the respect of Coach Mike Smith, who called him the team’s sixth man, “what I called our John Havlicek,” Smith said. John Havlicek turned the role of the sixth man into something of legend. After an illustrious career, Havlicek entered the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Sportswriter Bob Ryan new book Scribe details his career and the sport that made it possible: basketball. Ryan is a big fan of John Havlicek, and remarks on his ability in his book. He states that ”time has done a nasty job on his memory and legacy,” but compares him to a more modern player, Scotty Pippin. Read the whole Sport Illustrated interview here.