My John "Hondo" Havlicek Website

Made in Dedication to Lindsey Wincek

Hustle. It's one of those all to rare skills that comes from deep within. It's fueled with desire and heart. John Havlicek epitomized it, and it made him a legend.

Soft-spoken and modest aptly describe John Havlicek's personality, an interesting combination for the man who is regarded as the best sixth man in NBA history. John "Hondo" Havlicek combined his running ability and endurance to establish a style of constant movement on offense and defense that frustrated opponents and added to the Boston Celtics' magic. During his 16 years with the Boston Celtics, coach Red Auerbach described Havlicek as the "guts of the team." The man who popularized the integral role of the sixth man was a collegiate star at Ohio State. An All-America and All-Big Ten selection in 1962, "Hondo" teamed with fellow Hall of Famers Jerry Lucas and Bob Knight to land Ohio State the 1960 NCAA championship. In 1962, Havlicek was drafted by both the Boston Celtics and the NFL's Cleveland Browns. After being cut by the Browns in training camp, Havlicek began a celebrated 16-year career with the Celtics.

Over the years, the Boston Celtics have won 16 World Championships by playing with the type of fearless basketball that is rarely seen today. The Celtics defended their home court with tenacious defense and a genuine emotion for the game that is hard to find today. Rarely was the team outplayed either at the Boston Garden or on the road. In other words, you could say the team played "Havlicek ball." .

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