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Bill Russell dies at 88

Gold medal and captain (Melbourne, 1956)
11x NBA champ (in 13 seasons), inc 2x NBA champ as player coach
12x NBA All Star
NBA All Star MVP
3x All NBA First Team
8x All NBA Second Team
NBA anniversary team: 25th, 35th, 50th, 75th
2x NCAA champ

Career average of 22.5 RPG (24.9 RPG over 165 playoff games).

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Sad to hear such a legend of the game has passed on, Rest in Peace.

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RIP, more than a basketball player, all round great human.

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I knew a basketball coach who got involved with basketball after being inspired by Russell at the 56 Olympics

It's incredible to think he got 11 titles. Jordan got 6.

I know, different era, there were only 9 or 10 teams, etc.

But Russell's 21-0 record in championship games, eg deciding game 5's or 7's, NCAA, Olympic Gold games, is just mind boggling and I'd be interested to know who his competitors are for the title of greatest winner in the history of sport.

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I think most people with similar (or anywhere close) titles will likely be from a similarly old time period. Off the top of my head I know Henri Richard has 11 titles in the NHL, again when there were far fewer teams.

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That guy played 24 seasons. Started at 15. Amazing. But only 5 of his Stanley Cups were won in seasons he played the All Star game.

An interesting fact about Russell is three times he won the MVP in a year he missed the All NBA 1st team. 1958, 1961 and 1962.

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It was "only" 20 seasons at NHL level though.

But yeah different sports obviously. NHL is less reliant on individual superstars than NBA

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Sad day. If you ever get a chance there are a couple of biographies around. Incredible stories of racism and segregation in the early days of the NBA and right through the 60's. Not only a great player but a great human being. RIP

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