Celtics issue statement on Sam Jones' passing at 88

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Dec. 31—Here is the statement from the Celtics on the passing of former great Sam Jones, who died earlier today at 88:

"Sam Jones was one of the most talented, versatile, and clutch shooters for the most successful and dominant teams in NBA history.

"His scoring ability was so prolific, and his form so pure, that he earned the simple nickname, "The Shooter." He was also known as "Mr. Clutch." One of the many testaments to his clutch performances is the fact that his playoff scoring average (18.9) exceeded his regular season output (17.7).

"His number 24 was retired in 1969, the final year of his Celtics career, which of course resulted in an NBA Championship — his tenth. Only Bill Russell won more championships in his NBA career.

"The Jones family is in our thoughts as we mourn his loss and fondly remember the life and career of one of the greatest champions in American sports."

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