This Sunday the world of basketball learned of the disappearance of one of its legends, the great Bill Russell. The former Boston Celtics center died at the age of 88.
This Sunday the NBA and the basketball world in general mourn the death of a legend, Bill Russell. Aged 88, the reasons for his disappearance remain unknown but according to Basket USA he lived his last moments with his wife, Jeannine. This 2.08 meter pivot marked his era and the world of basketball. By his omnipresence under the baskets, he had transformed the game of “big men” and his legendary duels against another legend, Wilt Chamberlain, will remain in the annals.
To be the greatest champion in your sport, to revolutionize the way the game is played, and to be a societal leader all at once seems unthinkable, but that is who Bill Russell was. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/K0Ue0hKiLs
—Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 31, 2022
The famous number 6 of the Massachusetts franchise established behind his rival of the 1960s, the second record for rebounds in a game at 51 against the Syracuse Nationals (55 for Chamberlain). On the other hand, in a half, no one has ever exceeded his 32 balls captured. And in terms of titles won, he remains more than ever unbeatable with his 11 rings! So many league titles won with the Boston Celtics in thirteen seasons between 1957 and 1969, with only one final lost. Entered into the Hall of Fame, he also gave his name to the trophy for best player in the NBA finals.
A great sportsman and a great man
Becoming a coach after his successful playing career, he brought his expertise to the Boston Celtics from 1966 where he was first a player-coach before occupying the bench of the Seattle Supersonics and then the Sacramento Kings. This page of his life earned him a place in history since he became the first black coach in US sports. In addition to his immense talent, Bill Russell also left an indelible mark through his commitments to the African-American community. Tributes are raining down from the personalities of the orange ball, starting with the Boston Celtics via Jaylen Brown and Paul Pierce.