The world reacts to Bill Russell’s death as a sports icon

The world reacts to Bill Russell's death as a sports icon

Bill Russell, a member of the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. Boston Celtics American sports' icon and legend has died at the age of 88. His death was announced on social media.

He is considered the ultimate winner. In a thirteen-year span, he won 11 NBA titles, eight consecutively from 1959 to 1966. He holds the NBA Finals records in championships, appearances and game played. He also won two NCAA championships at the University of San Francisco, and a gold in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Henri Richard who also played for the University of San Francisco, has tied Russell's 11 professional championships. Montreal CanadiensFor the most records in NBA, MLB NFL, NFL, and NHL history,.

Russell was also an important civil rights leader. He led a protest by players in 1961 when the Celtics refused to serve them at a Lexington, Kentucky restaurant. He was joined by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jim Brown, the Cleveland Browns' running back. Kareem Abdul-JabbarRussell stood alongside Muhammad Ali, a boxer who refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War. 2017: Russell publicly supported Athletes protesting during the national song

His family said that Bill called out injustices with unforgiving candor. He intended to disrupt the status quo and that his powerful example would inspire teamwork, selflessness, and thoughtful change. statement read Sunday

To honor Russell, the sports world came together:

Celtics, past and present

Celtics guard: “Because it is okay to act as an activist and an athelete because of you.” Jaylen Brown In 2020 tribute video Russell

You can also find the following Boston attractions: Red Sox They were honored during Sunday's game.

Around the NBA

Russell was loved by NBA players, and his championship legacy is unparalleled. Russell is the NBA Finals MVP Award.

Jerry West, a former Lakers guard and NBA executive said, “If I had to choose between any basketball player within the league,” said After losing to the Celtics in 1968's Finals, Bill Russell was “my number one choice.” Bill Russell continues to amaze me.

Aside from sports

Former President Barack Obama presented Russell with the Medal of Freedom in 2011, which is the nation's highest civilian award. He continued to support protesters. He retired in 2020. supported NBA players Protesters against police shootings of George Floyd, Jacob Blake.

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