Social Media Reacts To Bill Russell’s Death

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Bill Russell, one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, died Sunday.

The legendary Boston Celtics star big man —who won 11 championships and five league MVP awards — died at the age of 88.


Russell will be remembered as one of the most impactful athletes in American history.

He was the first Black head coach of any North American professional sports team, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, two-time NCAA champion, Olympic gold medalist, just to start.

Bill Russell (6) of the Boston Celtics shoots a layup against the Philadelphia 76ers during the 1966 season NBA game at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

Many individuals have taken to social media to share condolences, impactful memories and moment in the wake of Russell’s passing. This story will be updated.

Bill Russell’s greatest rival was Wilt Chamberlain.

ESPN Stats & Info tweeted that while “The Big Dipper” was the more accomplished individual player, Russell’s Celtics got the better of Chamberlain in the playoffs all but once, including 3-0 in the NBA Finals.

Wilt Chamberlain (13) of the Philadelphia 76ers rebounds against Bill Russell (6) of the Boston Celtics during a game played in 1967 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

Russell was a 5-time NBA MVP, to Wilt’s 4.

Russell dribbles the length of the court and jumps OVER a defender on the layup.

What about the one time Russell flipped off Charles Barkley, because … why not?

“Legends are forever,” the Chicago Bulls tweeted. “RIP Bill Russell, truly a titan of our game.”

This story will be updated. Check back with OutKick.

Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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