Sports World Mourns The Passing Of NBA Great Bill Russell

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NBA great Bill Russell has passed away. The news broke Sunday afternoon as Russell’s account posted a message to his followers on social media.

“It is with a very heavy heart we would like to pass along to all of Bill’s friends, family, fans, and followers:

“Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, has passed away peacefully today at the age of 88, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side. Arrangements for his memorial service will be announced soon. 

“Bill’s two stat championships in high school offered a glimmer of the incomparable run of pure team accomplishment to come: twice an NCAA champion, captain of a gold-medal-winning US Olympic team, 11 times an NBA champion, and at the helm for two NBA championships as the first black head coach of any north American professional sports team.”

The message notes Russell’s incredible ability to win. He won 11 titles as an NBA player, and a pair as a coach. That following a prolific amateur career at the University of San Francisco.

While he was known best for his time on the court, he was also a large personality away from it. He was at the forefront when it came to equality and discrimination injustices.

“From boycotting a 1961 exhibition game… to leading Mississippi’s first integrated basketball camp… to decades of activism ultimately recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.”

Many were quick to give their thoughts on the passing of Bill Russell.

Sports world reacts Bill Russell’s passing

Some of sports’ biggest personalities commented on Russell’s death.

The NBA on TNT crew also weighed in. Russell had many hilarious interactions with Shaq, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith throughout the years.

Here were some other reactions from throughout the sports world.

The Red Sox had a moment of silence in Fenway Park Sunday afternoon.

RIP to the greatest winner in sports history.