Bratislava. Bill Russell, one of the most successful basketball players in history, has died at the age of 88. His family announced the news on social media.
Russell is an 11-time NBA champion. He won the Most Useful Player Award five times and was named to the All-Star team twelve times.
In 1956, he won a gold medal at the Olympics with the U.S. team.
He has spent his entire career playing for the Boston Celtics. He ended his career in 1969. He has also been the team’s head coach for the past three seasons.
After finishing his career, he also coached the Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings.
In 1980, Russell was voted the best player in NBA history by basketball reporters.
Rodak, from Louisiana, fought for African-American rights and also participated in the famous 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. famously gave the speech “I have a dream” (I Have a dream) goes down in history. ).
“Bill Russell is the greatest champion in all of team sports,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.
“Bill fought for something bigger than sport – for the values of equality, respect and inclusion, which he instilled in our league’s DNA,” the game director was quoted as saying by AFP.