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Encyclopedia > Bill Russell (basketball)
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William Fenton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is a former American basketball player remembered for his central role in the Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in the 13 seasons that he played. His major contribution to the sport was raising defensive play to a new level; he is commonly considered the greatest defensive center to ever play the game. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... The Games of the XVI Olympiad were held in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, although the equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations. ... This image is not licensed under the GFDL. It is under a non-commercial-use only licence. ... This image is not licensed under the GFDL. It is under a non-commercial-use only licence. ... February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... The Boston Celtics are a National Basketball Association team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... In sports, the term dynasty is often used to refer to a team that dominates their sport for an extended period of time. ... In sport, defense (AmE) and defence (CwE) is the action of preventing an opponent from scoring. ... Bill Russell (left) and Wilt Chamberlain (right) were two of the greatest centers ever. ...


Born in Monroe, Louisiana and raised in Oakland, California, the 6-foot 9-inch (2.06 m) tall Russell played at McClymonds High School and college basketball at the University of San Francisco, which he led to NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956, including an impressive string of 55 consecutive victories. Russell was also the captain of the 1956 United States men's Olympic basketball team, which won the gold medal at the Melbourne Summer Games. The city of Monroe is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is a major city on the east side (also called East Bay) of San Francisco Bay in Northern California in the United States. ... College basketball most often refers to the American basketball league organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. // History The game of basketball was devised by James Naismith in 1891. ... The University of San Francisco (often abbreviated USF) is a private, coeducational Jesuit university in the United States. ... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 college basketball teams in the United States. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Russell was drafted by the Hawks but played for the Celtics from 1956 to 1969, winning the NBA championship every year except 1958 and 1967. He won four rebounding titles and five MVP awards during his career. In 1966, legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach named Russell his successor as head coach; he thus became the first African-American head coach in US major league team sports history. Russell served as player-coach from 1966 to 1969, winning two NBA championships; he later coached the Seattle SuperSonics (1973 to 1977) and Sacramento Kings (1987 to 1988), but did not succeed in winning another championship. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... The National Basketball Association, more commonly referred to as the NBA, is the worlds premier mens professional basketball league and one of the major professional sports leagues of North America. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Arnold Jacob Red Auerbach (born September 20, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York) is president of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics, an NBA basketball team, and was its coach from 1950 to 1966, including a stretch from 1959 to 1966 when the Celtics won eight straight NBA championships. ... An African American (also Afro-American or Black American, or black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... A player-coach, in sports, is a member of a sports team who simultaneously holds both playing and coaching duties. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... The Seattle SuperSonics (or simply Sonics to their fans) are a National Basketball Association team based in Seattle, Washington. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Sacramento Kings are a National Basketball Association team based in Sacramento, California. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Russell has received virtually every NBA honor that exists, and in 1968, he received Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" award. In 1980, he was named the greatest player in the history of the NBA by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America. He was exceptionally active in the American Civil Rights Movement. At one point, he refused to play a game when he and his black teammates were refused service at a local restaurant. In 1968 Russell's home was vandalized by bigots, an event that led him to call the city of Boston a "flea market of racism"[1]. 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... July 1999 cover showing soccer star Brandi Chastain Sports Illustrated is a popular weekly American sports magazine owned by media giant Time Warner. ... Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsman of the Year award to the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The civil rights movement in the United States has been a long, primarily nonviolent struggle to bring full civil rights and equality under the law to all citizens of United States. ... It has been suggested that Racism in Mass Media be merged into this article or section. ...


He was life-long friends with another legend, the late Wilt Chamberlain, who many consider to be the greatest ever offensive player; their on-court battles were perhaps the greatest individual rivalry in the history of the league. It should be noted however that Bill Russell never considered Chamberlain his rival and dislikes the term. In his book Russell Rules, Russell describes Chamberlain as his competitor, not his rival, because they were friends. Wilt Chamberlain (right) in action against Bill Russell (left) and the Boston Celtics Wilton Norman Chamberlain, commonly known as Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was a National Basketball Association basketball player. ... In law, an offense is a violation of the penal law. ... In basketball, the court refers to the playing surface/floor. ...


In recent years, he convinced Shaquille O'Neal to bury the hatchet with former teammate Kobe Bryant, with whom he had a bitter feud. Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is one of the National Basketball Associations most dominant basketball players. ... Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


Russell has worked as a TV commentator on basketball since his retirement and is also the author of several books, usually written as a joint project with a professional writer. One, Second Wind, is rather different than the typical athlete's reminescences, being a sort of combined autobiography and athletic history of a particularly dramatic time in American history.


Trivia

  • Russell amassed 21,620 career rebounds, second in NBA history only to Chamberlain's 23,924.
  • Russell was offered a place in the legendary Harlem Globetrotters. However, when owner Abe Saperstein sent the team coach to talk with Russell in his place, Russell declined signing, saying that if Saperstein was too smart to talk to him, he was too smart for the Globetrotters. Consequently he signed with the Boston Celtics.
  • Is left-handed.
  • At McClymonds High School, Russell only played varsity basketball in his senior year.
  • Guest starred on the television series Miami Vice as a corrupt judge.

Oakland, founded in 1852, is a major city on the east side (also called East Bay) of San Francisco Bay in Northern California in the United States. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Frank Robinson (born August 31, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas), was a Major League Baseball player and is currently the manager of the Washington Nationals. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Atlanta Hawks are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Philadelphia 76ers are a National Basketball Association team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, also known as the Sixers for short. ... Alexander Murray Hannum (July 19, 1923 - January 18, 2002) was a pro basketball coach. ... Charlie Louis Russell, Jr. ... Karen Russell is a Seattle attorney, television pundit, and political strategist, and a graduate of Mercer Island High School, Georgetown University and Harvard Law School. ... Miami Vice was a popular television series (five seasons on NBC from 1984-1989) starring Don Johnson (James Sonny Crockett) and Philip Michael Thomas (Ricardo Rico Tubbs) as two Miami police detectives working undercover. ...

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Preceded by:
Tom Gola
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
(men's)

1955
Succeeded by:
Hal Lear


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Preceded by:
Red Auerbach
Boston Celtics Head Coach
1966–1969
Succeeded by:
Tom Heinsohn
Preceded by:
Bucky Buckwalter
Seattle SuperSonics Head Coach
1973–1977
Succeeded by:
Bob Hopkins
Preceded by:
Jerry Reynolds
Sacramento Kings Head Coach
1987–1988
Succeeded by:
Jerry Reynolds

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