NBA legend Bill Russell, known for his incredible accomplishments both in Basketball and in public life, passed away on Sunday at the age of 88 years old.
A statement from Russell’s family read, “Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully today at age 88, with his wife, Jeannie, by his side. Arrangements for his memorial service will be announced soon.”
Russell was an icon in the NBA’s early days and his success was nearly incomparable.
The statement continued by saying, “Bill’s two state championships in high school offered a glimmer of the incomparable run of pure team accomplishment to come: twice an NCAA champion; captain of a gold-medal winning US Olympic team; 11 times an NBA champion; and at the helm for two NBA championships as the first Black head coach of any North American professional sports team.”
Russell was also an important figure in leading the charge on breaking down barriers for African Americans as well as championing civil rights.
Russell wasn’t afraid to call out “injustice with an unforgiving candor,” and that should inspire all Americans.
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