The NBA and world basketball are in mourning. This Sunday, July 31, it was announced that Bill Russell, legend of the Boston Celtics and winner of the most important league on the planet with 11 titles, died at the age of 88 at his home.
The family took it upon themselves to publicize the news through a statement posted on the former player’s official Twitter account.
“Bill Russell, the greatest winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully this Sunday at the age of 88, with his wife Jeannin by his side. Details of his funeral service will be announced shortly,” says the statement released along with a photograph of the Celtics legend.
Who was Bill Russell?
William ‘Bill’ Russell was born in Monroe, Louisiana on February 12, 1934. He was an American basketball player who played 13 NBA seasons with the Boston Celtivs and holds the record for most league titles with a total of 11. With its size of 2.08, became the great banner of one of the greatest dynasties in the history of this sport.
What are Bill Russell’s titles?
The former basketball player won 11 NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, cementing himself as the league’s top winner. He only played for the Shamrock team from 1956 to 1969.
He also won the gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics with the United States national team and was recognized for his constant fight against discrimination. Additionally, he is in the NBA and FIBA Hall of Fame.
How many finals has Bill Russell lost?
The pivot has lost only one edition of the NBA final: that of 1958 against Saint-Louis and also lost the conference final in 1967.
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