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Adam Silver Releases Statement After Bill Russell’s Death

NBA and Celtics legend Bill Russell died at 88 on Sunday, leaving a lasting legacy on the league. In Russell’s honor, commissioner Adam Silver released a statement expressing his condolences.

“Bill Russell was the greatest champion in all of team sports,” Silver said. “The countless accolades that he earned for his storied career with the Boson Celtics–including a record 11 championships and five MVP awards–only begin to tell the story of Bill’s immense impact on our league and broader society.

Silver added that Russell impacted the NBA both on and off the court with his talent and activism.

“Bill stood for something much bigger than sports: the values of equality, respect and inclusion that he stamped into the DNA of our league. At the height of his athletic career, Bill advocated vigorously for civil rights and social justice, a legacy he passed down to generations of NBA players who followed in his footsteps. Through the taunts, threats and unthinkable adversity, Bill rose above it all and remained true to his belief that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity.”



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