Last Updated: 08 Feb, 2023 | Views: 385
Profession: Sports Men
Other Profession(s): Basketball Player
Famous For: American Professional Basketball Player
Higher Education: Graduate
William Felton Russell was born 1934 and died peacefully on 31st July 2022. In the National Basketball Association (NBA), he played as a center for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969. In his 13-year career, he was the centerpiece of an NBA dynasty that won 11 championships. In addition, he was a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and a 12-time NBA All-Star. Among athletes in North American sports leagues, Russell and Henri Richard have won the most championships.
1956: NBA draft- Red Auerbach targeted Russell in the draft, believing his defensive toughness and rebounding ability were the Celtics' missing pieces.
1956: Summer Olympics - Russell captained the 1956 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, in the Southern Hemisphere, before his NBA rookie season.
1956–1958: Rookie champion and early years - During the 1956–57 NBA season, Russell could not join the Celtics until December due to his Olympic commitment. Russell averaged 14.7 points per game and 19.6 rebounds over 48 games.
1958–1966: Eight straight NBA championships - As a 1958–59 NBA team member, Russell averaged 16.7 points and 23.0 rebounds per game.
1964–65 NBA season - Russell won his second consecutive rebounding title and his fifth MVP award with the Celtics, finishing the season with a league-record 62 wins.
Post-playing career - Russell joined NBA on ABC in 1971 as a commentator for the Game of the Week. On March 12, 1972, the Celtics retired Russell’s No. 6 jersey.
A total of eleven NBA championships have been won by him championships.
The City Hall Plaza in Boston was erected with a statue honoring Russell in 2013.
The basketball Lifetime Achievement Award was first presented to Russell on June 15, 2017.
Rose Swisher was Russell's college sweetheart, to whom he marries and stayed together from 1956 until 1973.
He married Dorothy Anstett, Miss USA 1968, in 1977.
NBA player Russell visited Africa for the first time in 1959.