Celtics Great Sam Jones Dies at 88; Was MCPS Substitute Teacher

Sam Jones, a Boston Celtic great who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984, died Friday at the age of 88 in Florida. Jones, a shooting guard, played for 10 NBA championship teams in the 50’s and 60’s. He played all 12 of his NBA seasons for Boston where he was a five-time All-Star averaging 17.7 points per game for his career. His number 24 was retired by the Celtics in 1969.

In 1964, the Boston Celtics made league history by becoming the first NBA franchise to feature an all-black starting five. In 2016, Jones told the Montgomery County Sentinel, “we became the first to start five blacks for the whole year and people don’t realize that and when we did that we also won the championship.”

During his retirement years, Jones lived in Silver Spring for almost 30 years. He was a substitute teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) at Springbrook, Blake, Paint Branch, Gaithersburg high schools. He also taught at Gaithersburg Middle School.

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