Though he resided in Taylor briefly, K.C. Jones remains known throughout the city and the world of professional basketball. This past Monday, May 25, the Taylor born Jones turned 88 years old.
Born in 1932, Jones, like his father, Casey, was named after the fabled railroad engineer, grew up to take on a legendary status of his own. His years in Texas were hard as his father drifted from job to job during the depression.
When his parents divorced in 1942 Jones moved with his mother, Eula, to San Francisco.
Jones graduated from Commerce High School and attended college at the University of San Francisco.
At USF Jones played alongside a player whom he would develop a lifelong friendship, Bill Russell. In 1955 and 1956 the Dons would win the NCAA national championship.
After graduation Jones enlisted in the army, orders were cut so that he could participate in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. There Jones brought home a gold medal for USA basketball.
Jones returned to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, where he worked as a postal clerk. He played football on base and was invited to the Los Angeles Rams training camp by team GM Pete Rozelle.
An injury derailed NFL aspiration and prompted Jones to contact Coach Red Auerbach, and in the fall of 1958 Jones and Russell were reunited in Boston.
As a player, Jones won eight consecutive NBA Championships with the Celtics.
After concluding his playing career Jones continued as a coach, first as a college assistant before returning to California to serve as Lakers assistant.
From 1973-76 Jones was head coach of the Capital/Washington Bullets, advancing to the Finals in 1975.
1977-1983 Jones continued as an assistant with Milwaukee and Boston, earning another championship in 1981.
In 1984 Jones took on the head role in Boston. He won his final two championships in 1984 and 1986, bring the grand total to 14.
After 1988 Jones became an assistant for the Seattle Supersonics, where he eventually coached for a year and a half.
For the next five seasons, Jones was an assistant in Detroit and Boston and concluded his coaching career in 1998 as an ABL coach for the New England Blizzard.
For Coach K.C. Jones the highlights and awards are numerous. In 1989 he was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2006 the College Basketball Hall of Fame.