There was no such thing as a minutes restriction when it came to Jo Jo White.
“I remember Jo Jo in the triple-overtime [NBA Finals game against the Phoenix Suns], when he carried the team and played all of those minutes,” Celtics legend and fellow Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn told the Boston Herald. Heinsohn was White's coach in that game as the C's guard scored 33 points and played 60 of the 63 minutes in Boston's 128-126 victory. “After it was over, he just sat on the floor and couldn’t get up.”
Another ex-Celtic Hall of Famer, and White's teammate Dave Cowens, told the Herald: "What Jo Jo was for us was really like an iron man. He played a lot of minutes. He was always in shape. Always.”
Former teammates and current Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge remembered White, the Hall of Famer who died Tuesday of cancer at 71, as more than just a great, hard-working player.
Jo Jo was such a nice man! I loved watching him play for the Celtics. He gave me a big hug and told me a good job I was doing every time he saw me. I witnessed him lifting others up as well. God Bless Debbie and the rest of his family🙏🏼 #RIPJoJo #Celticforever https://t.co/EDo7WnxURC— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) January 17, 2018
NBA commissioner Adam Silver called White "a legend of our game" in a statement:
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Jo Jo White pic.twitter.com/TN47G0vB8M— NBA (@NBA) January 17, 2018
The Celtics' statement remembered White as "a champion and a gentleman."
We are terribly saddened by the passing of the great Jo Jo White. He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 17, 2018
Full statement: https://t.co/sYgSvZJu0A pic.twitter.com/1Eu8G2Qr8a
Here's a look back at White's career, via @NBAHistory:
Jo Jo White (1946-2018) He was a gentleman (all class) off the court but make no mistake, on the court, Jo Jo was all business: A skilled point guard who dissected his opponents in a variety of ways. (Jo Jo White career highlights) pic.twitter.com/Z9YjGRt75I— NBA History (@NBAHistory) January 17, 2018