William Felton Russell is an American former professional basketball player who played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 12-time All-Star, he was a core piece of the Celtics dynasty that won eleven NBA championships during his 13-year career. Russell and Henri Richard of the National Hockey League are tied for the record of the most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league. Russell led the University of San Francisco to two consecutive NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956, and he captained the gold-medal winning U.S. national basketball team at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Even though Russell never averaged as many as 19.0 points per game or shot as much as 47 percent in any season in an offense-friendly era, many regard him to be among the greatest basketball players of all time. He is 6 ft 10 in tall, with a 7 ft 4 in wingspan.
|Born:||February 12, 1934, Monroe, Louisiana|
|Listed height:||6 ft 10 in|
|Listed weight:||215 lb|
|High school:||McClymonds (Oakland, California)|
|College:||San Francisco (1953–1956)|
|NBA draft:||1956 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2, St. Louis Hawks|
|IMDb:||Bill Russell's IMDb|
About Bill Russell
Legendary center who was a 5-time NBA MVP and 12-time All-Star selection. He led the Boston Celtics to an astounding 11 Championships from 1957 to 1969.
He played alongside future MLB great Frank Robinson on the Heritage High School basketball team in Oakland, California.
He won two NCAA Championships at the University of San Francisco and a gold medal with Team USA at the 1956 Olympics.
He married Rose Swisher, his college sweetheart, in 1956. The couple divorced in 1973. He was then married to Dorothy Anstett from 1977 to 1980 and Marilyn Nault from 1996 to 2009.
He played alongside star point guard Bob Cousy for a number of years on the Celtics.
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