Bill Russell was a legend of the Boston Celtics, who have won 11 NBA championships in total and eight consecutive championships. Russell had the most amazing career of any player in the history of team sports, beginning with his junior year at the University of San Francisco.
Russell, a Boston Celtics legend, died peacefully with his wife, Jeannine, by his side, according to a tweet posted on social media. Details concerning his memorial service would soon be disclosed.
Bills dedication to principle is what fueled his life: from boycotting a 1961 exhibition game to ending too-long-tolerated discrimination, to leading Mississippi's first integrated basketball camp in the wake of Medgar Evans' killing, Bill called out injustice with an unforgiving candor that he intended would forever transform the world. Perhaps youll recall Bills great humor as he candidly explains how those moments came to be. We hope each of us will discover a different method of acting or speaking up with Bill'
Russell was a two-time All-American at USF, where he led the team to 55 straight victories and two consecutive NCAA championships. At the 1956 Olympics, he also won a gold medal. The Celtics reached the NBA Finals 12 times during his 13 years in Boston, where they won the championship 11 times.
Bill Russell suffered a serious ankle sprain in the Celtics' final game against the Hawks in 1958, the only season the Celtics won against the Hawks. He was limited and missed two games in the decisive Game 6 against the Hawks.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver referred to Russell as the greatest player in all of team sports in a statement released on Sunday. Our sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones. RIP.