K.C. Jones, who played and coached on championship teams with the Boston Celtics, is one of three tapped to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Jones, Lenny Wilkens, who spent 15 seasons in the NBA, and William "Pop" Gates, a pioneer of professional basketball, were scheduled to be inducted tonight. Several collegiate awards were also scheduled to be presented at the Hall of Fame awards banquet in Springfield Civic Center.
Jones played nine seasons, including eight NBA championship teams, for the Celtics and then coached Boston to the 1984 and 1986 championships. He stepped down as Celtics coach following the 1987-88 season.Wilkens, currently the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, led the Seattle SuperSonics to the NBA championship in 1979. He averaged 16.5 points a game during an NBA career with St. Louis, Seattle, Portland and Cleveland.
Gates, 71, was a member of the 1939 New York Rens, which won 68 straight games and the world professional championships in Chicago.