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NBA Icon Bill Russell Passes Away at 88
By Amanda Scurlock, Sports editor
Published July 31, 2022

FILE – In this Dec. 12, 1964 file photo, Boston Celtics’ Bill Russell, left, is congratulated by coach Arnold “Red” Auerbach after scoring his 10,000th career point during a basketball game against the Baltimore Bullets at the Boston Garden in Boston. As a coach, Red Auerbach got the most out of Bill Russell as a player not by yelling at him, or teaching him new techniques. He just talked to him man-to-man. Russell celebrates their relationship in a new book about Auerbach. (AP Photo/file)

NBA Legend and civil rights activist Bill Russell passed away peacefully on Sunday, he was 88 years old. Russell won eight consecutive NBA titles, ultimately winning 11 championships with the Boston Celtics during his NBA career. His efforts on the hardwood laid the foundation for the storied Lakers vs Celtics rivalry as the two teams battled in seven NBA Finals during Russell’s career.

His passing was announced in a statement on Twitter.

“But for all the winning, Bill’s understanding of the struggle is what illuminated his life. From boycotting a 1961 exhibition game to unmask too-long-tolerated discrimination, to leading Mississippi’s first integrated basketball camp in the combustible wake of Medgar [Evers’] assassination, to decades of activism ultimately recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” the statement read. “Bill called out injustice with an unforgiving candor that he intended would disrupt the status quo, and with a powerful example that, though never his humble intention, will forever inspire teamwork, selflessness and thoughtful change.”

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