Bill Russell is a retired American professional basketball player who started his successful National Basketball Association (NBA) career in 1956 with the Boston Celtics. He played with the Celtics from that time until his retirement as a player in 1969. He is regarded by many to be among the greatest basketball players of all time. Apart from his successful career as a player, he also became a successful NBA coach and coached teams such as the Boston Celtics and the Sacramento Kings.
During his career in the NBA, he won a total of 11 NBA championships, including two as player/head coach of the Celtics. In 2011, President Barack Obama honored him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Over the years, he has been inducted into a number of Halls of Fame including the FIBA Hall of Fame.
He made history in 1959 by becoming the first NBA player to travel to Africa.
What's more important than who's going to be the first black manager is who's going to be the first black sports editor of the New York Times.Bill Russell
is a famous American basketball player,
who was born on
February 12, 1934. As a person born on this date, Bill Russell is listed in our database as the 5th
most popular celebrity for the day (February 12) and the 5th most popular for the year (1934).
People born on February 12
fall under the Zodiac sign of Aquarius, the Water Bearer.
Bill Russell is the 75th most popular Aquarius.
Aside from information specific to Bill Russell's birthday, Bill Russell is the 517th most famous American and ranks 4th in famous people born in Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
In general, Bill Russell ranks as the 880th
most popular famous person, and the 9th most popular baseball player of all time.
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