Former Boston Celtics great Jo Jo White dead at 71

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Kansas Jayhawk and Boston Celtics legend "Joseph" JoJo White had died after a battle with cancer, the Boston Herald reports.

"We are terribly saddened by the passing of the great Jo Jo White", the Celtics said in a statement announcing White's passing.

He spent 10 years with the Celtics, won two titles and his streak of 488 consecutive games played is still a team record. He also won an Olympic gold medal in the 1968 Summer Olympics prior to starting his National Basketball Association career.

The Warriors sold White to Kansas City before the 1980-81 season and he retired after playing in just 13 games that season.

White played at KU in the late 1960s, earning All-Big Eight honors three times while leading the Jayhawks to two NCAA and two NIT appearances. He was selected ninth overall by Boston in the 1969 NBA Draft and was also drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Reds. In 2010, White underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor.

White was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015 and his No. 10 jersey is retired by the Celtics.

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