Bill Russell

Basic Facts

  • He was born in Monroe, Louisiana on Febuaray 12th 1934.
  • He was considered one of the greatest basketball players in the NBA.

Racism He Faced

  • They did not retire his number because he was African American.
  • Although he never considered himself as a romodel for African Americans he didn't back away from speaking about racial issues.
  • The road to the 1961-62 began a little bit rocky .During the exhibition season when the Celtics African American players were denied admission to an Indiana bar and a Kentucky hotel coffee shop. So Russell, Sam Jones, Satch Sanders, and K.c Jones boycotted the game in Lexington.

Honors

Elected to Naismith Basketball Basketball Hall of Fame (1975); NBA champion (1957, '59, '60, '61, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66, '68, '69); NBA MVP (1958, '61, '62, '63, '65); All-NBA First Team (1959, '63, '65); Eight-time All-NBA Second Team; NBA All-Defensive Team (1969); 12-time NBA All-Star (1958-69); All-Star MVP (1963); One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Olympic gold medalist (1956).