Bill Russell

Richard Ramkissoon

Early Years

Bill Russell was born on February 9, 1934. Russell played basketball, he played for the NBA. The teams he played for was the Boston Celtics, and the Seattle Supersonic. Russell attended McClymonds [Oakland, California] high school.

Basketball Career

Russell was 6ft, and approximately 220lbs. Russell retired basketball in 1956. Although Russell's childhood was not so good, he was suffering of many illnesses. He averaged about 20.7 points, and 20.3 rebounds.
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