MDI events celebrate 25th anniversary of NBA title under Celtics’ Jones

Posted July 19, 2011, at 4:45 p.m.
Last modified July 19, 2011, at 9:32 p.m.

BAR HARBOR — The annual K.C. Jones Basketball Camp is under way this week at the Mount Desert Island YMCA, but there’s a twist to the legendary Boston Celtics player and coach’s presence on the island this summer.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Boston Celtics’ NBA championship run. Jones coached that team, and among the members of the squad was former University of Maine basketball player Rick Carlisle, who coached the Dallas Mavericks to this year’s NBA crown.

Several events are being held on MDI this week in recognition of those dual championships, according to organizer Skip Chappelle, a longtime friend of Jones and the former men’s basketball coach at the University of Maine who coached Carlisle during his two years on the Orono campus.

A golf scramble was held Tuesday at Kebo Valley Golf Course, and Jones also will appear — and sing — Thursday evening at Sips restaurant in Bar Harbor, which is owned by Scott Worcester, a former manager of some of Chappelle’s UMaine basketball teams. Cakes recognizing the Celtics’ 25th-anniversary title run are to be served at both events, Chappelle said.

The activities will be capped off Friday evening by a dinner at Kebo Valley GC that serves as a fundraiser for the MDI YMCA.

An auction is slated to be held in conjunction with the dinner, with 1986 Boston Celtics team photos autographed by Jones and some 2011 Dallas Mavericks championship memorabilia among the items up for bid.

Also in attendance at the dinner will be former Miss Maine USA Katie Whittier, a one-time University of Maine basketball player who was a finalist in the 2010 Miss USA pageant and is serving this week as a clinician at the K.C. Jones Basketball Camp.

For more information on Friday evening’s banquet, call Andy Shea at 669-2478.

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