Reactions to the death of NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell

The basketball world and beyond reacted to the death of NBA great and 11-time champion Bill Russell:

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“Bill Russell was the team’s greatest champion in all sports. The countless accolades he earned for his illustrious career with the Boston Celtics—including a record 11 championships and five MVP awards—only impact our league and wider society as Bill’s. begin to tell a story of immense impact.” – NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

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“Today, we lost a legend. As tall as Bill Russell stood, his legacy as a player and as a person goes up a lot. ” – President Barack Obama said on Twitter.

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“Rest in peace Bill Russell You were everything we all aspire to be, your winning spirit will live on forever my friend. Thank you for your words of wisdom.” Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas said on Twitter.

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“RIP Bill Russell, a giant in every sense of the word – athletic, civil rights, philanthropist – absolutely RIP champion!” – Tennis great Martina Navratilova said on Twitter.

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“To become the greatest champion at your sport, to revolutionize the way sports are played, and to become a social leader once seemed unimaginable, but that was what Bill Russell was. Bill was the leader of team sports. was a champion unlike any other in history – an 11-time NBA champion, including eight consecutive title wins, a five-time MVP, an Olympic gold medalist and the NBA’s first black head coach – the Boston Celtics said in a statement. .

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“He was one of the first athletes on the frontline to fight for social justice, equality, equality and civil rights. That’s why I admired him a lot and loved him so much. Throughout our friendship, he always reminded me about making things better in the black community.” Hall of Famer Magic Johnson tweeted.

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“Thank you for being the pioneer, thank you for setting the bar, thank you for your kind words of wisdom, thank you for that great laugh. I can go on all day about what you mean to me. Today’s The day is a sad day for the NBA family, you will always be missed #6” – Celtics great Paul Pierce said on Twitter.

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“Bill Russell was bigger than basketball, even though he was one of the greatest players of all time. He stood up for civil and human rights before he was trendy, in fact when he did it, it was risky! Inside the court And a true veteran outside, may he rest in peace and power!” – Reverend Al Sharpton said on Twitter.

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“RIP Bill Russell. You made me the position I am in today and you changed not only the league but the world. Forever 6. – Celtics player Grant Williams said on Twitter.

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