An American professional basketball player William Felton Russell has passed away.
Born on February 12, 1934, in West Monroe, Louisiana, United States, Bill played as a center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969.
He was a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and a 12-time NBA All-Star. During his 13-year career, Bill was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won 11 NBA championships.
Bill and Henri Richard of the National Hockey League are tied for the record of the most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league.
He led the San Francisco Dons to two consecutive NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956, and he captained the gold-medal winning U.S. national basketball team at the 1956 Summer Olympics.
Russell is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Bill Russell passed away at his Mercer Island, Washington, home on July 31, 2022, at the age of 88.
Bill Russell Siblings: Who Was His Brother Charlie L. Russell And Death Cause
Bill Russell’s brother Charlie Louis Russell was an American writer, best known for his play, Five on the Black Hand Side, which was later made into an acclaimed motion picture.
He was born on March 10, 1932, in Monroe, Louisiana, United States, and died on June 28, 2013, after a battle with gastric cancer.