Bill Russell

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August 11, 2022

William Felton "Bill" Russell (English: William Felton "Bill" Russell; Monroe, Louisiana, February 12, 1934 — Mercer Island, Washington, July 31, 2022) was an American basketball player and basketball coach. He played center for the Boston Celtics. He was a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and earned twelve-time All-Star status. Russell was the leader of the legendary Celtics dynasty, which won 11 titles in 13 seasons under Russell's leadership. Bill Russell and hockey player Henry Richard today hold the joint record for most titles won by an individual athlete in any professional sport in North America. Standing 208 cm tall and with an arm span of 224 cm, Bill Russell is today considered one of the best basketball players of all time. In addition to the Celtics, he also had success with the San Francisco Dons university team, with which he was the university champion for two years in a row (1955, 1956), and in 1956 he won the Olympic gold medal with the American national team in Melbourne. As a player, Russell was extremely strong in blocking and man-to-man defense, which greatly helped the Celtics dominate the league in the 1960s. In addition, he was also an excellent rebounder and was the best rebounder in the league four times, he even had over 1,000 rebounds in 12 consecutive seasons and is still second in the number of rebounds and rebounds per game in the history of the league. In addition, he is also the club record holder for the number of jumps. Russell remains one of only two players in history with over 50 rebounds in a single game; the other player is Wilt Chamberlain, who was Russell's great rival and, next to Russell, the second most important player of that generation. Although he was never the focal point of the Celtics offense, Russell managed to score 14,522 points in his career and contributed with efficient assists. He currently holds the eighth place on the list of the best scorers of the Boston Celtics. In addition to playing, Russell also played an important role in the social context, as he led the first wave of black players in the league, along with Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper and Nathaniel Clifton, and was also the first black basketball player to achieve the status superstars. In addition to being a player, he led the Celtics for three seasons as a player-coach (from 1966 to 1969), thus also becoming the first black coach in the history of North American professional sports, and the first there�