NBA legend Bill Russell dies at 88

31 July, 2022
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NBA legend Bill Russell dies at 88

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell, who led the team to 11 NBA titles, died at the age of 88 on Sunday.

And the official account of Russell, who participated in the All-Star Game 12 times, on Twitter announced the news of the death

Russell succeeded in turning the Celtics into a force to be reckoned with in the league when he led them to the title as a player eight times in a row between 1959 and 1966.

Russell led his former team (Boston Celtics) to achieve the league title 11 times between 1957 and 1969, and was named the best player five times during that period. He also became the first black coach in the history of North American sports, and led Boston to the title twice, in 1968 and 1969.

During his career, the former center player was considered the first black-skinned to gain the star position in the professional league competitions, but he refused to be the first of these players to be included in the Hall of Fame, considering that others preceded him to achieve achievements worthy of this honor.

Russell is considered one of the most prominent players of his generation. During his career, he scored 14,522 points, achieved 21,620 thousand rebounds, and 4100 assists.

In 2011, former President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his achievements in the game world and his activism in the civil rights movement that advocated equality between whites and blacks for decades in the United States



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