Wilmington native, Boston Celtics legend Sam Jones dies at 88

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Sam Jones, who was born in Wilmington in 1933 and went on win 10 National Basketball Association championships as an integral member of the Boston Celtics, died Thursday night, according to multiple news outlets. He was 88. 

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While Wilmington was his hometown, Jones played high school basketball at Laurinburg Prep, according to HBCUgameday.com, which covers historically Black colleges and universities. He sandwiched his college career at N.C. Central University in Durham around two years in the U.S. Army, graduating from NCCU in 1957. 

Drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, eighth overall, by the Boston Celtics in 1957, Jones would go on to a 12-year NBA career, He played on 10 championship teams, including eight in a row from 1959 to 1966. Only legendary Celtics center Bill Russell, with 11, has more NBA…

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