Born February,12,1934) is a retired NBA-STAR. Russell is a five-time NBA Most valuable player and a twelve-time All-Star. Russell became the first African American NBA coach.Russell is one of only seven players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic Gold Medal. He was inducted into theNaismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Winning Eleven NBA championships during his thirteen year career Russell was the first African American player to achieve superstar status in the NBA. holds the record for the most championships won by an athlete in north american sports league . considered one of the best players in NBA history. 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, one of only four players to receive all three honors. In 2007, he was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame. In 2009, the NBA announced that the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy would be named theBill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Russell.