Bill Russell was an American professional basketball player who played as a center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969.
In the same draft, the Celtics also selected Tommy Heinsohn and KC Jones, who had played with Russell during his time at college.
Boston ended the regular season with the best record in the league, despite the fact that Russell joined the team late because he was busy helping the United States win the gold medal in the Olympics.
The Celtics defeated Bob Pettit’s St. Louis Hawks in the seventh and deciding game of the NBA finals, which went into double overtime. This victory was the first of the Celtics’ 17 NBA titles.
The following year, Russell won his first Most Valuable Player award, but the Hawks still ended up taking home the championship. In 1959, the Celtics won the championship once more, marking the beginning of an extraordinary run of eight straight NBA titles.
Bill Russell Siblings: Who is Bill Russell’s Brother Charlie L. Russell?
Bill Russell had only one sibling. He had a brother called Charlie L. Russell.was an American writer, best known for his play, Five on the Black Hand Side, which was later made into an acclaimed motion picture.
Charlie L. Russell was the first of his parents, Charlie Sr. and Katie Russell’s two children to be born. He was born in Monroe, Louisiana. In 1942, his grandfather made the journey to Oakland, California, where he found employment in the shipyards. A year later, the family was able to get back together with the father.
Russell held the position of writer in residence at Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre in Harlem during the beginning of the 1970s.
Other works by Russell include the novella “A Birthday Present for Katheryn Kenyatta” as well as the short tale “Quietus,” which was included in Langston Hughes’ collection of “Best Negro Short Stories.”
Russell attended the University of California, San Diego for his Master of Education Studies and graduated in 1986. Russell was the father of two children, Katheryn, who is the mother of Sasha and Louis Brown, and Joshua. He lived in Oakland, California up until the day he passed away on June 28, 2013, after a courageous battle with gastric cancer. He was 81.