August 14, 2022
William Felton "Bill" Russell (February 12, 1934, West Monroe - July 31, 2022, Mercer Island) was an American basketball player, the first black NBA star.[source?] He played the position of pivot. He spent his entire playing career (1956–1969) with the Boston Celtics. He won the NBA's top American competition eleven times with it (1957, 1959–1966, 1968, 1969), which is still (as of 2022) a record. 1965). He made the all-stars team for twelve consecutive seasons (1958–1969). He scored 14,522 points in the NBA. Before his professional career, at the university level, he played for the University of San Francisco and won two amateur (NCAA) championships with it, in 1955 and 1956. As an amateur, he was able to participate in the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956. US basketball team here he led as captain and won the gold medal with her. He is one of the seven basketball players in history to win the NBA, NCAA, and Olympic games.[source?] His height used to be reported between 206-208 cm.[who?] He was famous for his offensive rebounds and defensive blocks. After his playing career, he became a coach - the first black man in NBA history.[source?] In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.