This Sunday is a day of mourning for American basketball. Sadly, Bill Russell, the man with the most titles in NBA history, has died at the age of 88., who was a pillar of the enormous Boston Celtics dynasty between the 50s and 60s, with 11 championships in 13 seasons with the team.
Considered one of the best players of all time along with names like Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James, the nicknamed Halcón ( The Hawk ) was so important for basketball that the Most Player Award Valuable of the NBA Finals is named after Bill Russell, this from 2009 to date.
“It is with a heavy heart that we report that Bill Russell, the most prolific and winning athlete in the history of American sports, died this Sunday at the age of 88 totally peacefully with his wife, Jeannine,” it was published on the official networks. of the former basketball player.
Bill Russell’s cause of death has also not been revealed by his family. We believe that the family should be allowed time and space to process Bill Russell’s passing.
According to the text posted on Twitter, the athlete passed away peacefully alongside his longtime wife. Russell’s family said funeral services will be announced soon.
Tributes to Bill Russell’s death
Bill Russell, the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics dynasty that won eight straight titles and 11 overall during his career, died Sunday. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Russell was 88.
Josiah Johnson tweeted,
One of my favorite Bill Russell moments… RIP Legend
One of my favorite Bill Russell moments… RIP Legend 💔pic.twitter.com/A7VBRpjUZ0
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) July 31, 2022
Bleacher Report tweeted,
Bill Russell will be remembered as one of the most impactful athletes in American history -1st Black head coach of any North American pro sports team -Received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 -11x NBA champ (2 as coach) -5x league MVP -2x NCAA champ -Olympic gold medalist.
Austin walker tweeted,
What was Bill Russell’s life like while he was racking up 11 rings? His daughter writes:
Stephen A Smith tweeted,
My deepest condolences to the family, loved ones, and the @NBA community on the loss of the greatest champion we’ve ever known: BILL RUSSELL. An activist, a pioneer, a humanitarian. He made the world better for us all.#RIPCHAMPION
Tyler Conway tweeted,
Bill Russell ruled for a lot of reasons. He was one of the greatest defenders ever. Most prolific champion ever. One of the great fighters for racial equality of his time.
Shams Charania tweeted,
Statement from NBA commissioner Adam Silver on the death of the iconic Bill Russell, “the greatest champion in all of team sports.”
Dave McMenamin tweeted,
The NBA – and the world at large – lost a legend. The greatest winner in team sports, Bill Russell. Rest easy.
Who was Bill Russell?
Between 1956 and 1969, Bill Russell won 11 National Basketball Association titles, with the 1957-58 and 1966-67 seasons being the only ones he failed to lift the trophy. Among his curiosities, it stands out that his last two championships in 1867-68 and 1968-69 were obtained by acting as player and coach .
His legendary number 6 was retired by the Celtics in 1972 and three years later he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Of his 13 seasons as a professional, in 12 he was selected to the All-Star Game. Five times he was the Most Valuable Player of the season, three times he was in the best quintet in the NBA, and belongs to the list of the best players for the 75th anniversary of the Association. I
n addition, he accumulated two NCAA university titles with the San Francisco Dons in 1955 and 1956, in this second year being chosen the Best College Basketball Player in the American Union; he won Olympic Gold at Melbourne 1956.