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John Havlicek

Life After Basketball

John Havlicek lives with his wife in Columbus, Ohio. He owns three Wendy's Hamburger franchises and is the co-owner of an Ohio-based food company. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf.

When John Havlicek retired he had established himself as one of basketball's all-time greats. Bobby Knight, who played with Havlicek at Ohio State, told Sports Illustrated's John Underwood, "In my opinion John Havlicek is the greatest basketball player who ever lived, bar none.… because he can beat you so many ways." His former coach and Celtics teammate Bill Russell called Havlicek "the best all-around player I ever saw." Six months after his retirement in April 1978, the Celtics retired his number 17. In 1983 Havlicek was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.

Awards and Accomplishments

1958 Chosen to All-State High School Basketball Team
1961-62 Ohio State Basketball team MVP
1962 Chosen to All America and All-Big 10 teams
1962-78 First player to score 1,000 points in sixteen consecutive seasons
1964, 1966, 1968-70, 1975-76 All-NBA Second Team
1966-78 NBA All-Star team
1969-71 NBA All-Defensive Second Team
1971-74 All-NBA First Team
1972-76 NBA All-Defensive First Team
1974 Most Valuable Player NBA Finals
1978 Havlicek's number 17 retired by Celtics
1980 NBA 35th Anniversary Team
1996 NBA 50th Anniversary Team

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