Celebrities, athletes honor NBA legend Bill Russell following his death – Deltaplex News

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  • Aug 02, 2022

Celebrities, athletes honor NBA legend Bill Russell following his death – Deltaplex News

(NEW YORK) – Celebrities, athletes and politicians are paying tribute to NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, who has died at the age of 88, his family announced Sunday.

Russell died peacefully at home with his wife Jeanine by his side, his family announced on Twitter.

Former President Barack Obama, Dr. Bernice King and Magic Johnson were among those who reacted to the news of the 11 NBA champion’s passing.

“Today, we lost a giant,” Obama wrote in a statement on Twitter. “I learned so much from his way of coaching and his way of life. Michelle and I send our love to Bill’s family and all who admired him.”

In a statement, President Joe Biden said: “Bill Russell is one of the greatest athletes in our history – an all-time champion of champions, and a good man and a great American who did everything in his power to deliver on America’s promise to all. Americans.”

The Boston Celtics legend is “the greatest hero in all of sports,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

Here’s a look at how other celebrity fans, athletes and others are mourning Russell’s death:

Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks legend

Current Georgetown men’s basketball coach Patrick Ewing tweeted: “The world has lost a legend in the passing of Bill Russell. His impact on basketball and society will not be forgotten.”

Former NBA champion Paul Pierce

Former Boston Celtics player Paul Pierce said Russell was a “pioneer” and thanked him for “setting the level” and his “words of wisdom.”

Magic Johnson, the symbol of the Los Angeles Lakers

NBA legend Magic Johnson wrote that Russell was his “idol.”

I looked at him on the ground and left. His success at court was undeniable. He was [dominant] And great.”

Attorney and Minister Dr. Bernice King

Dr. Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., with whom Russell marched in Washington, said he “went beyond sports in influencing our national and global outlook. A hero in many ways that matter.”

Boston Celtics

Russell played with the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 1960s, winning 11 championships as a player and two as a coach.

The team honored the legend, saying he was “a hero unlike any other in the history of team sports” and that he revolutionized the way basketball was played.

Comedian Jon Stewart

Bill Russell was one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have ever met. One time because he thought I looked sad on TV… best pep talk of my life. Rip.”

Billie Jean King, former Grand Slam champion

Bill Russell was an active athlete in a generation who made everyone around him better. He was the first professional and led the way for many. I have admired him all my life and he has been a huge influence on my career. “He was the ultimate leader, the ultimate team player and the ultimate hero.” The legend of tennis wrote.

GMA host Robin Roberts

So sorry to hear of the passing of one of history’s greats… Sending love and condolences to the Russell family.

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