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NBA Legend Bill Russell Is Dead At 88

NBA Legend Bill Russell Is Dead At 88

NBA Legend Bill Russell Is Dead At 88. Russell had a phenomenal basketball career. And, he was the first Black coach in the league.

Bill Russell Played For The Boston Celtics

NBA Legend Bill Russell Is Dead At 88. Most may only remember Russell for his basketball career. However, Russell was a civil rights leader. In fact, he marched with the great Dr. Martin Luther King.

Bill Russell was born on February 12, 1934. Over the weekend, Russell died quietly at home. There was a statement put out concerning his death, as reported by NBA.

On the NBA’s Twitter, this message was posted,

 

The Greatest Winner: Bill Russell | NBA Today

 

Heading up the Boston Celtics was Russell. His career started with the Celtics and ended with them. He played in the NBA from 1956-1969. During his tenure, Russell was Most Valuable Player five times.

Also, he was a 12-time NBA All-Star, as reported by Wiki. More importantly, Russell won 11 NBA Championships within his 13-year career. In my opinion, Russell is one of the greatest players of all time.

Having said this, on and off the court Russell was a force to be reckoned with. As a civil rights pioneer, Russell was instrumental in using his celebrity for the movement.

Some would say that Russell’s defensive play was phenomenal. Although Russell only averaged 19.0 points a game, he was a worthy opponent. Not to mention, averaging 2o points per game was legendary.

Additionally, Russell had a great work ethic. Of course, many of the NBA players admired and respected Russell. He will be greatly missed.

Did I fail to mention, that Russell was part of the 1956 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team? By the way, he brought home a gold medal.

We send our condolences to his family, friends, and the NBA basketball community.

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