It's a sad day in the Boston sports world, as Celtic legend Jo Jo White has passed away at the age of 71. 

published a full statement, regarding White's passing, early this evening.

White, who was
drafted by the team ninth overall in the 1969 draft out of Kansas, played parts of 10 of his 13 NBA seasons in Boston.

The point guard was a star in the 70's for the C's, going to seven straight All-Star games and helping the franchise return to championship glory in the middle of the decade. Winning two NBA Finals with the team, White was named Finals MVP in 1976.

White, who averaged 17.2 points, 4.9 assists and 4.0 rebounds in more than 830 career games, also managed to win an Olympic gold medal, competing in the 1968 summer games while still in college.

White was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2015 and had his No. 10 jersey retired by the Celtics shortly after his retirement in 1982. White was a man who was beloved by many people both in and out of the Celtics organization.

The team's radio color analyst, former Celtic Cedric Maxwell, was very shaken by the news of White's passing and even left tonight's C's game, a 116-113 overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, midway through the broadcast, as he struggled to keep his composure.

White, who had been working as a director of special projects and community relations with the team up until his passing, undoubtedly touched the lives of many members of the Celtics' family.

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