Why do the Boston Celtics wear No.24 on their jerseys? Here we explore how the team honors one of its legendary players.
The Boston Celtics are currently taking on the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Giannis and the Bucks took Game 1 but the Celtics rallied to even up the series 1-1 in Game 2. The Bucks the put on an impressive display in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead before the Celtics evened the series up at 2-2.
During the series, fans have noticed an unusual thing about Boston’s uniforms. So why do the Celtics wear No.24 on their jerseys?
Why do the Boston Celtics wear No.24 on their jerseys?
Throughout the 2022 regular season and into the NBA playoffs the Celtics have worn No.24 on their jerseys.
The white number is stitched over the left shoulder of the jersey on a black strip.
Celtics honor legendary Sam Jones
But why? Well, it’s in honor of former Celtic Sam Jones, who won 10 championships with Boston and was an integral part of their iconic dynasty.
Jones played with the Celtics from 1957-58 to 1968-69. The shooting guard never lost a Game 7 playoff series, and his No. 24 was retired by the Celtics in 1969 – where it hangs in the rafters today.
Jones was the first Black basketball player to be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of all time.
Sadly, Jones died on 30 December 2021 at the age of 88. At the time they held a moment of silence for Jones before game against the Phoenix Suns.
2022 could be a special year for the Celtics
The 2022 Boston Celtics have a chance to replicate just some of the success Jones enjoyed with the franchise.
Despite facing off against the heavily favored Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the players, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart were able to see Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics are one of the toughest and grittiest defensive units in the league and in Ime Udoka they have one of the league’s brightest young coaches.
Overcoming Giannis and the Bucks will be no mean feat but the Celtics are certainly capable.
Game 4 takes place in Milwaukee tonight (9 May).
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