Reactions to the death of Bill Russell: Live updates

August 1, 2022 at 3:39 PM EDT

Bill Russell and Boston’s great loss

If casual sports fans know just one thing about Bill Russell, that’s it right there. The 11 championships in 13 seasons.

As for hardcore New England sports fans who love to wage arguments about a mythical “Mount Rushmore of Boston Sports,” the debate always comes down to Williams, Russell, Bobby Orr, Tom Brady and, now, David Ortiz. But Richard Johnson, the longtime curator of Boston-based Sports Museum, sees it this way:

“There’s a Mount Rushmore, and then there’s Bill Russell. No disrespect to the others, but he gets his own mountain. And it’s for the man, not just the champion.”

Steve Buckley

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Senior Writer, Boston

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August 1, 2022 at 11:02 AM EDT

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shares thoughts on Bill Russell

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July 31, 2022 at 11:51 PM EDT

Danny Ainge: ‘The impact he had on so many people everywhere is legendary’

Utah Jazz executive Danny Ainge speaks about the life and legacy of Bill Russell.

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July 31, 2022 at 9:47 PM EDT

Gary Payton: ‘Thank you for paving the way’

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July 31, 2022 at 9:19 PM EDT

Jayson Tatum: ‘Thank you for everything! R.I.P Legend’

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July 31, 2022 at 7:52 PM EDT

‘The definition of champion, on and off the court’

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July 31, 2022 at 7:51 PM EDT

Bill Clinton: ‘ He approached everything he did with determination, principle, and wisdom’

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July 31, 2022 at 7:49 PM EDT

Coach Pop on the passing of NBA legend Bill Russell

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July 31, 2022 at 7:48 PM EDT

Brad Stevens: ‘He set the standard – on and off the court’

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July 31, 2022 at 6:53 PM EDT

Shaquille O’Neal: ‘Thank you for paving the way. You will be missed legend’

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July 31, 2022 at 5:44 PM EDT

The National Basketball Coaches Association makes a statement on Bill Russell’s passing

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July 31, 2022 at 5:34 PM EDT

Lessons from a legend

Bill Russell was Oakland. A proud city that has produced legendary athletes in nearly every sport, few compare to Russell — a product of West Oakland’s McClymonds High.

Russell’s pride in his Oakland roots are a big part of that and that was never more evident than in 2008 when his alma mater went 32-0 and won the California Division I state title. A couple months after the title, Russell came to campus for an intimate visit that I — as the Oakland Tribune’s prep sports reporter who had detailed the storybook season — was allowed to sit in on.

The lessons he shared that day — about sports, education, life, race and so much more — were profound and will always stay with me and I imagine with the rest of the small group that experienced it. His visit was so genuine. He was thrilled to be there and the players seemed to soak in every word.

Whenever I think of Bill Russell, rather than all the champion

Jimmy Durkin

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Lessons from a legend: Inside Bill Russell’s visit to McClymonds a decade ago

July 31, 2022 at 4:51 PM EDT

Reflecting on a 2010 interview with Bill Russell

Back in 2010 I interviewed Bill Russell for a short Q&A on winning SI’s Sportsman of the Year in 1968. Here’s what he told me on how roles had changed for Black men in the 42 years since he won the award:

“There are a lot more folks in management and decision-making but not as many as there could be,” he told me. “But the media is still mostly all white. The subject of race still dominates a lot and it is still how some people look at each other. If Red (Auerbach) and I had talked about me being a pioneer at that time, I would not have taking the coaching job. He told me it was a Celtics job.”

Richard Deitsch

Richard Deitsch·

Senior Writer, Sports Media

July 31, 2022 at 4:21 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony: ‘Bill Russell was an inspiration to me in so many ways’

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July 31, 2022 at 4:18 PM EDT

The Celtics VP of Operations Mike Zarren: ‘ No one lived a fuller or more meaningful life’

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July 31, 2022 at 3:51 PM EDT

Michael Jordan releases statement on Bill Russell’s passing

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July 31, 2022 at 3:51 PM EDT

Boston mayor Michelle Wu: ‘We owe him a debt of gratitude & we will miss him’

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July 31, 2022 at 3:20 PM EDT

The official statement from the Celtics

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July 31, 2022 at 3:16 PM EDT

Who Bill Russell was

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July 31, 2022 at 3:12 PM EDT

Figures outside the sports world paid their respects to the icon Sunday

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