The world lost a super important icon in recent basketball history not very long ago, Bil Russell. Let’s talk about this man’s amazing career and past while we honor the loss of an NBA star that truly shined in his time in the basketball world during the 1900s, which was truly awe-inspiring for fans of the sport.
Bil Russell was the second pick in NBA’s draft in 1956, and competed for the Boston Celtics for over a decade until 1969. His skill and performance earned him an induction into the hall of fame in 1975. He had a true lineup of feats on the court, and plenty more off-court to speak of.
Russell earned a gold medal in NBA, was a champion almost a dozen times with multiple All-Star and MVP statuses, and then subsequently was landed in the NBA hall of fame after he ended his career. The man was a legend on court to many fans for those years.
But, this man not only succeeded in basketball. He used his voice from success for helping fight injustice, standing up with Martin Luther King Jr. in multiple peaceful protests in the time of his career. He stood up for children being able to play sports together without segregation too.
A later memoir published from Bil Russell in 1979 spoke up about the intense racism and hate he received as well as his overall experience as an NBA star in the time he was and his upbringing, which brought a lot of light to things many people didn’t think about at the time.
Russell stood up for rights for many people, stood by the right side of situations that most wouldn’t, and helped to continue to further relationships on court after his career ended like in 2006 where he influenced the relationship healing between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
NBA awarded Bil their National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award for his amazing strength in civil rights issues and how much he stood for what was right in the world throughout his time in the NBA and later years afterwards too.
The man was advanced in his kindness and consideration for others, fighting for civil rights issues, and skills on the court. Bil Russell was loved and known by many and his lifetime truly left a mark on this world that touched many hearts.
Recently, Bil passed peacefully at the age of 88 years old and plenty of the world felt it. Not only will his family reckon with a major loss that many of us feel for, but NBA individuals and celebrities alike spoke to the kindness and influence this man had in his life.
Russell will certainly be missed, and we can only hope his important actions and character will continue to be remembered in history through what he achieved, wrote, and the overall message he spread as a person on this earth. We truly hope that his family, friends, and loved ones can heal and grieve through this hard time.