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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Bill Russell, Celtics legend with most rings in NBA history, dies


The legendary American center has died at the age of 88


Legendary American center Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend and who has won the NBA ring the most (11), has died at the age of 88, his family confirmed in a statement this Sunday.

Bill Russell achieved more perfection than any other player with the Boston Celtics, a franchise in which he became a legend between 1967 and 1969 and won 11 championships in his 13 seasons in the NBA.

The former player became a true institution and forged an unrepeatable career. With an enviable Hall of Famer record, Russell has been a 12-time All-Star and 4-time rebound leader. Some numbers that earned him the Finals “MVP” in recognition of his incredible career.

His memorable figure also made history when he became the NBA’s first African-American coach and took over the reins of the Celtics in 1966, a team that retired their number “6” in 1972. Aside from his on-court accomplishments, Russell was the NBA’s pro-civil rights and anti-racism image. Someone who stood up to injustice and used their position to change things.

The family recalled the legacy of the legendary center and its active struggle for human rights. Stories included Russell’s boycott of an exhibition game in 1961 to expose discrimination “tolerated for too long” to run Mississippi’s first integrated basketball camp.

Actions recognized with the award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 after Bill denounced injustice with “relentless candor” and with a “strong” example that loved ones said was never his “humble intention.”


“Bill was the greatest champion in all team sports, and he represented something much bigger than sport: the values ​​of equality, respect and inclusion that he inculcated into the DNA of our league,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

“Despite the taunts, threats and unimaginable adversity, Bill rose above it all and remained true to his belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity,” added Silver.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) mourned the American and also expressed its condolences to his family. As has former Spanish player Pau Gasol, who highlighted his contribution to basketball as “one of the most dominant players” and whom he “had the honor” to meet. “Thank you for everything you gave to the game and to all of us. Rest in peace,” he said.


Source europapress.es

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