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    Believed to have been worn during White's most productive scoring season of 1971-72!

    Early to Mid-1970's Jo Jo White Game Worn Boston Celtics Jersey. A spectacular collegiate career at Kansas, followed by a Gold Medal performance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, earned White a first-round selection in the 1969 NBA draft despite his two-year military commitment. An elite athlete who had also been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Reds, White was just what the Celtics needed after losing legendary center Bill Russell and veteran shooting guard Sam Jones to retirement. Coach Red Auerbach was able to secure a reduction in White's required military service and the superstar point guard began eleven seasons of service to the Celtics cause that year, joining veteran John Havlicek to form the cornerstone of two NBA Championship teams (1973-74 and 1975-76).

    The size 42 "Medalist-Sand Knit" labeling style, denoting Celtics team exclusivity, assigns the garment to the first half of White's time at the Garden, with a handwritten "71-2" here apparently targeting vintage to the most productive point-scoring campaign of his career, his 1,825 tally over two hundred points better than his second-best output the following season. Boston would climb as high as the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in 1971-72, where they would fall to the New York Knicks.

    The classic, understated design supplies a green tackle twill "Celtics 10" on the chest of the home white knit gamer, balanced by "White 10" on reverse. Solid wear is evident from (probably) White's third NBA season, with no staining or other damage to note. It's a picture-perfect representation, and a rare opportunity to own a genuine gamer bearing digits long since retired by the Celtics franchise. LOA from Heritage Auctions.








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