Bill Rusell, NBA legend with the most championship rings in sports history, dies


Bill Russell, eleven-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, died this Sunday at the age of 88reported his family with a message on the former player’s Twitter account.

“Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in the history of American sportspassed away peacefully this Sunday at the age of 88, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side,” the Celtics legend’s family reported.

Russell played his entire career for the Boston Celtics, from 1956 to 1969. and he was the great protagonist of the ‘Dynasty’ that conquered eleven rings, eight of them consecutively.

His family reported that he will communicate “soon” the plans for his commemoration.

Twice NCAA champion, Olympic gold in Melbourne 1956, Russell was also the first African-American coach in the history of North American sports.

He managed the Celtics as a player-manager from 1966 to 1969 and won the titles in 1968 and 1969.

“Beyond the triumphs, his way of understanding battles is what illuminated his life. (…) Bill denounced the injustices with relentless clarity with which he intended to break the ‘status quo‘, and with an example that, although it was never his humble intention, will always inspire teamwork, altruism and change, ”said his family.

In his glorious career as center for the Celtics, Russell led the franchise to eleven titles in twelve finals, losing only in 1958 to the St. Louis Hawks.

One of the best defensive centers ever, among his achievements also five MVP awards and twelve calls for the All-Star stand out.

To honor his legacy, heThe NBA dedicated the Finals MVP award to him, which was won this year by Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver mourned Russell’s passing and called him “the greatest champion in the history of team sports.”

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