In his first scrimmage, Havlicek used to be matched with Jim Loscutoff, a burly ahead identified for his bodily play. After some time, a winded Loscutoff yelled out: “Hiya, you’re loopy. No one runs like that. Decelerate.”
Havlicek replied, “Surrender pushing me so onerous and I’ll surrender working so onerous.”
Havlicek by no means did prevent shifting, the entire solution to April, nine, 1978, when he scored 29 issues in a victory over the Buffalo Braves. It used to be the final time a Celtic wore No. 17.
John Joseph Havlicek used to be born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, on April eight, 1940, the second one son of Frank Havlicek, who had emigrated to america from Czechoslovakia at 12, and Mandy (Turkalj) Havlicek, who used to be of Croatian descent however born in america. His folks ran a common retailer, and the circle of relatives lived above it, on U.S. 40 in within sight Lansing, an Ohio Valley the city of a couple of hundred citizens close to Wheeling, W.Va.
Fearing visitors at the busy roadway, Havlicek’s folks refused to let John have a bicycle as a young person, so he tended to dash in all places to stay alongside of pals.
“Possibly that’s the place I advanced my stamina,” he wrote in “Hondo: Celtic Guy in Movement,” a 1977 autobiography written with Bob Ryan. In a 1988 interview with Sports activities Illustrated, Havlicek attributed his “outstanding lungs” to the entire working he did, claiming that medical doctors “need to take two chest X-rays to suit them in.”
Havlicek appreciated to chop via an uphill wooded house on how to assembly his pals, together with Phil Niekro, who lived around the boulevard and, along side a brother, Joe, went directly to pitch within the main leagues. At the manner house, Havlicek would run the entire manner downhill, dodging timber, falling steadily.
“However possibly I advanced the instincts for the entire shuffling in basketball,” he wrote in his guide.
The self-discipline to stay working, stay operating, got here naturally, he stated, most likely from observing his folks hard work of their retailer. Frank Havlicek — partial to football, a recreation John didn’t play — seldom had time to wait his son’s basketball, soccer or baseball video games at Bridgeport Prime Faculty, within the Ohio River village of Bridgeport, the place he used to be closely recruited for basketball. (Its fitness center used to be named for him in 2007.)