Originally Posted by La Frescobaldi
He was a real serious candidate for MVP of '69 Finals... Russell had shot his bolt and Sam Jones was last gasp, too. They were just hangin on by their fingers.. Hondo carried Celtics on his back for many minutes of each game.
Obviously, had the award gone to a member of the winning team, as has been the case in every instance since then, then it would have gone to Havlicek. I recall at least one writer afterwards saying that a member of the winning team should have been Finals MVP, and it should have gone to Havlicek.