Bill Russell, basketball legend with record 11 NBA titles, dies at 88

Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years — the last two as the first Black head coach in any major U.S. sport

Bill Russell, one of basketball's legendary players, has died at age 88. The announcement was posted on his verified Twitter account.

His family posted the news on social media, saying Russell died with his wife, Jeannine, by his side. The statement did not give the cause of death.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement that Russell was “the greatest champion in all of team sports.”

“Bill stood for something much bigger than sports: the values of equality, respect and inclusion that he stamped into the DNA of our league.

Fighting for something from an early age To understand this man and superlative athlete, it helps to remember a parent's lesson. One day when Bill Russell was 9, he was outside his apartment in the projects in Oakland,

A Hall of Famer, five-time Most Valuable Player and 12-time All-Star, Russell in 1980 was voted the greatest player in the NBA history by basketball writers.

his influence on the NBA will be felt forever. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Jeannine, his family and his many friends.”