Celtics great Russell, 11-time champ, dies at 88


I Mike Gracia reporting Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell one of the greatest players in NBA history dies at 88 Bill Russell the greatest winner in NBA history who anchored the Boston Celtics dynasty to 11 championships in 13 years died Sunday He was 88 Russell's family posted the news on social media without disclosing the cause of death After leading the university of San Francisco to NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956 and the U.S. to the Olympic gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics Russell joined the Celtics I had never seen the Celtics play when I got here And I played against Heinz in college But I met a couple of occasions And we had an immediate affinity The Celtics were guided by coach and general manager red arbok Russell would win He would make the great play He didn't care whether he went to league in scoring a rebounding or this or that all he wanted to do was be instrumental in winning Russell was a 5 time most valuable player and a 12 time all star Russell was also a leading voice for civil rights He was at the March on Washington in 1963 and at the 50th commemoration of the march We can never accept the status quo until

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