Bill Russell, who won eight consecutive championships and 11 overall titles during his career, has died.
Bill Russell, one of the legendary names of the NBA, died at the age of 88. Russell won eight consecutive championships and 11 overall titles during his career.
Who is Bill Russell
William Felton Russell, (b. February 12, 1934 – d. July 31, 2022) was a legendary center in the NBA. He played an important role in the 11 championships won by the Boston Celtics in 13 seasons. During his playing days in the NBA, he was compared to the great center Wilt Chamberlain. Although he was weak against him individually, he surpassed him thanks to the championships he won.
Standing 2.08 m tall and playing at the center position, Bill Russell won the NCAA championship with the University of San Francisco in 1955 and 1956. During this period, they won 55 games in a row, a performance that is hard to believe.
At the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, he captained the USA Basketball Team and was one of the most important players in winning the gold medal.
In 1956, he started his NBA career with the Boston Celtics. He played in the NBA until 1969, winning championships in every season except 1958 and 1967. Under his coach Red Auerbach, he became the first African-American player to play such an important role in such an important league in the USA.
Between 1966 and 1969, he won two championships with the Celtics, whom he also coached. He continued his coaching career with the Seattle SuperSonics from 1973 to 1977 and with the Sacramento Kings from 1987 to 1988.
Bill Russell is still the NBA’s all-time ring winner.
Russell died on July 31, 2022 at his home in Mercer Island, Washington at the age of 88. His death was announced by his family. In a statement made by his family, it was stated that Russell passed away peacefully next to his wife.