On Sunday, Bill Russell, the all-time great Boston Celtics center who won 11 championships during 13 dominant NBA seasons, died at age 88.
On Russell’s official Twitter page, it was learned that the Hall of Famer died peacefully with his wife, Jeannine, by his side.
Based on the data from the NBA, the 6-foot-10 Russell, who is a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, averaged 15.1 points and 22.5 rebounds per game during his career from 1956 to 1969, playing each of his seasons for the Celtics during a dynasty that featured superstar teammates like Bob Cousy and John Havlicek.
Russell is also a 12-time All-Star, a five-time rebounding champion, and was included on the NBA’s 50th and 75th-anniversary lists of the greatest players of all time.
He won his first nine championships alongside prolific Celtics coach Red Auerbach.
Russell became the first black coach in professional sports in North America in 1966, spending his last three seasons with the Celtics as a player coach.
According to reports, his final two championships came as a player-coach, making Russell the first black coach to win a professional championship in North America.