Bill Russell, a legend and icon of American sports has died at the age 88. He is regarded as one-of-a kind winner who won 11 NBA titles in 13 years including eight straight from 1959 to 66 with his Boston Celtics teams becoming known internationally for being dominant force during this time period leading up until they became pro basketball’s first dynasty since Lakers era through 2008. Over his career, he was also a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 12-time All-Star, and named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
Russell was an influential civil rights leader who led player protests when Celtics players were denied service in 1961 and then again during the Vietnam War. He worked closely with MLK Jr., James Brown, and NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among others to stand up against discrimination of all kinds including racial harmony efforts as well!
In 2017 he publicly supported NFL athletes peacefully expressing their views by taking a knee – something we should do more often here at home too!!
The sports world joined together on Sunday to mourn and honor the legacy of Bill Russell, with many former teammates paying respect through their words alone.
Celtics past and present
A statement read by his family after he passed away suddenly in alpine minded at 95 years old said that though never intended as such “his humble intention has forever inspired teamwork.”
Around the NBA
The NBA has been widely impacted by one of its most beloved players, Bill Russell. The Finals MVP award is named after him and his legacy towers over the sport as an example for all future winners to follow.”
“If I had a choice between any basketball player in this league,” said Jerry West (another former Laker). “My No 1 selection would have got be Boston Celtic’s legend – ‘