Bill Russell, 11-time Nba Champion Died at the Age of 88

By Dickson Osas

Bill Russell will be recognized as one of America’s most influential athletes.
Bill Russell, a Boston Celtics great, died Sunday, July 31st, at age 88. With his wife Jeannine by his side, Russell passed away peacefully. The statement was posted to Russell’s Twitter page. Russell was a pioneer for advocacy on and off the court, helping pave the road for the NBA. For example, Russell boycotted a 1961 exhibition game to assist in the identification of a man who had long faced discrimination following the killing of Medgar Evans. Russell received the Medal Of freedom in 2010 for his work.

Bill Russell’s accomplishments

Russell averaged more than 20 rebounds per game in every season of his career, save his first and last two. He was selected the league’s Most Valuable Player five times, tying Michael Jordan for the most ever and following only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In the 1963-1964 season, he averaged 24.7 rebounds per game, which is about half of what an entire team does now.

How good were the Celtics while Russell was on the team? The club won the championship in the following years: 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1969.
Bill Russell’s death serves as a reminder that legends never truly die. Russell’s legacy will go on in the basketball world for the rest of time.

  • 1st African-American head coach of a North American professional sports club
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010
  • 11x NBA champion (2 as coach)
  • 5x league MVP
  • 2 times NCAA champion
  • Gold medallist at the Olympics