The NBA expresses its condolences on the death of Bill Russell, the “greatest champion”

The NBA Commissioner, Adam Silverexpressed this Sunday his condolence for the death, at the age of 88, of Bill Russell, legend of the Boston Celtics, whom he defined as “the greatest champion in team sports.”

“Bill Russell was the greatest champion in team sports. The countless accolades he received in his storied career with the Boston Celtics, including a record eleven titles and five MVP awards, they only partially explain Bill’s immense impact on our league and our societyAdam Silver said in a statement released by the NBA.

“Bill fought for something much bigger than sports: the values ​​of equality, respect and inclusion that he wrote in the DNA of our league.. At the height of his career, Bill vigorously fought for civil rights and social justice and created a legacy that has passed on to generations of NBA players who have followed in his footsteps,” he added.

Silver noted the “privilege” of seeing Russell personally attend major NBA events, including the Finals, for which the MVP award is named after him.

The commissioner considered that Russell’s memory “will be felt forever” and defined him as a born winner.

Born in Monroe (Louisiana) in 1934 and raised in San Francisco college, where he won two NCAA titles with the Dons, Bill Russell was chosen by the Celtics in the 1956 draft and opened a glorious stage that led to the rings from 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969.

Eight of those eleven titles came consecutively and with Russell as the main protagonist. His weight in the paint and his powerful shots lit the Celtics’ path to glory.

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