Bill Russell is Dead: NBA reactions

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Bill Russell is Dead: NBA reactions

Bill Russell died at 88 year-old. NBA was moved in the last farewell to the legend of the League. From Michael Jordan to Gregg Popovich to Shaquille O'Neal and former President Barack Obama, everyone has come together in paying homage and farewell to a star like Russell.

On July 31, 2022, through a tweet on his profile from his family, it was announced that he died in the hospital next to his wife. Russell played his entire career as a centerpiece in the Boston Celtics of the 1950s and 1960s, winning eleven NBA championships in thirteen seasons with them, as well as scoring a streak of eight consecutive titles.

Russell is also the NBA captain who has won the most titles with a single team and overall. His greatest contribution to this sport was the raising of the defensive game to a new level: he is in fact considered the best defensive center that has ever played basketball.

In 1975 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and in 2021 as a coach. In 1996 he was included in the list of the 50 best players of the 50th anniversary of the NBA. By 2022, the year of his death, he held various records including the number of games played in the finals and total rebounds in the playoffs and finals, as well as the highest number of championships won in a North American league.

The only athlete to break this record is Henri Richard, NHL ice hockey star with the Montreal Canadiens. Russell mobilized for the American Civil Rights Movement. Once, he refused to play a game when he and a black mate were turned down by a local restaurant.

He was also an activist of the Black Power movement. He was a great friend of Wilt Chamberlain, as described in his book Russell's Rules. He starred playing judge Ferguson in the episode number 18 of the second season of Miami Vice, entitled The Fix, which aired on the first US TV on March 7, 1986.

Russell has also been a television commentator since his retirement and the author of many books, usually written in collaboration with a professional writer. In 2011 Russell sued Electronic Arts and the NCAA for using his appearance in creating one of the players in the Tournament of Legends feature of the NCAA Basketball game, development of which was discontinued by EA in 2010.