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Color illustration of basketball player Bill Russell. He's wearing a green Boston uniform. He's kneeling and holding a basketball.

Episode 59: Bill Russell, King of the Court

Episode #59

2023-02-08 05:00:13


When Bill Russell joined the NBA in the 1950s, he was the only Black player on the Celtics. He went on to win 11 championships, more than any player in basketball history. When President Barack Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 2011, he said: “Bill Russell stood up for the rights and dignity of all men.” Today, former NBA player Spencer Haywood remembers his coach and friend.