Legendary former Boston Celtics point guard Jo Jo White passed away yesterday at the age of 71 years old.
White was one of the foremost unsung heroes in NBA history, and was central to the mid-1970s championship success of the Celtics.
But many longtime basketball fans have said that White has never received credit for being one of the game’s greatest players ever. For years, fans decried the fact that the Celtics icon–who still worked for the team up until his death–was not even inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame.
White was finally inducted in 2015–35 years after he played his last game.
Eventually, a benchmark was set to determine which players would receive consideration to be admitted into the hall of fame, and that standard would be called the Jo Jo White Threshold.
A former U.S. Marine, and also a dual athletic threat, White had been drafted by the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys in 1969, but decided to stick with basketball instead.
White was the father of actor Brian J. White, who has starred on TV and in films such films as Stomp The Yard, The Cabin In The Woods, and I Can Do Bad All By Myself.
Brian thanked everyone for their condolences on Twitter:
Thank U Lizz, and to everyone else in advance on behalf of my Father and Family for all condolences, support and well wishes. I’d like to share that Dad transitioned peacefully, at (officially): 10:10 AM EST. Which I think is Dad’s way of eternally saying 👉🏾 #GOCeltics! #10👊🏾 https://t.co/suaFFj0t72
— Brian White (@actorbrianwhite) January 17, 2018
R.I.P. to Mr. Jo Jo White and condolences to the White family.