Bill Russel

Christiana Barbagallo

About His Life

  • Five-time NBA Most Valuable Player in 1958, 1961-1963, and 1965

  • He served as a color commentator for televised basketball games, in between his coaching jobs

  • In 1975 Russell is inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame

  • February 2011 he receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • July 17, 2014 he is briefly hospitalized after collapsing on-stage during a speaking engagement