Bill Russell, one of the most significant figures in NBA history and an 11-time NBA champion as both a player and coach with the Boston Celtics, passed away on Sunday at the age of 88, according to his family. Jeannine was by Russell’s side as he peacefully went away.
More Than a Player
Along with his athletic accomplishments, Russell was a prominent human rights activist in athletics. He marched with Martin Luther King Jr. when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. He also stood with legendary boxer Muhammad Ali against being called up for military duty.
An Impressive Legacy
With the Celtics, Russell amassed 11 championships, including eight in a row from 1959 to 1966. He was a 12-time All-Star and a five-time NBA MVP. He was the first Black head coach to win an NBA championship while leading the Celtics to two victories.
While a lot of players and family members expressed their condolences, everyone around the league and the world are also in grief as Bill Russell served as role model for them all. The legend will surely be missed and everyone will have his great legacy, both on and off the court, to look up to.