who was the keystone of the Boston Celtics Dynasty has won 8 consecutive titles and 11 overall in his career.
Russell was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor "Medal of Freedom" by former president Barack Obama.
Russell was the leader of San Francisco's NCAA championship victories in 1955 and 1956. He also led the United States to an Olympic gold medal in 1956.
In his 13 years of service in Boston, he led the Celtics to the NBA Finals 12 times and won the championship 11 times.
The last two titles won while as both a player and serving as the NBA's first Black coach.