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Jim Loscutoff dies; former Celtic and NBA champ was 85

In this April 9, 1959, file photo, Boston

In this April 9, 1959, file photo, Boston Celtics' Jim Loscutoff (18), battles Minneapolis Lakers' Vern Mikkelsen (19) and Larry Foust, during Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Minneapolis. The Celtics defeated the Lakers 118-113 to win the championship in four straight games. Jim Loscutoff, a seven time NBA champion who played his entire nine-year career with the Boston Celtics, has died. The team said in a statement that Loscutoff died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. He was 85. The team did not disclose a cause. Photo Credit: AP / Gene Herrick

BOSTON — Jim Loscutoff, a seven-time NBA champion who played his entire nine-year career with the Boston Celtics, has died.

The team said in a statement that Loscutoff died Tuesday. He was 85. The team did not disclose a cause.

He is the only Celtics player to have his name, and not uniform number, retired “for his leadership and all-around excellent play.”

Affectionately nicknamed “Loscy” or “Jungle Jim,” Loscutoff was the team’s first-round draft pick out of Oregon in 1955. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 6.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in his career.

After he retired in 1964, Loscutoff and his wife, Lynn, founded Camp Evergreen, a children’s day camp in Andover.

The team says he is survived by his wife and three children.

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