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On this day: legendary Boston Celtics point guard Jo Jo White born

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White played collegiately at the University of Kansas, and later played for the US men’s Olympic basketball team in the 1968 USA Olympics held in Mexico City, Mexico that unexpectedly won a Gold medal.

Iconic general manager Red Auerbach managed to get White’s tour with the Marines shortened to be able to play that season with the Celtics.

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White would play a franchise-record 488 consecutive games without missing one until the 1977-78 season when a heel injury derailed the record and his career.

White would be elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1991, and remained close to the team in various capacities for the remainder of his life, passing in 2018 at age 71.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire.

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