Bill Russell

Bill Russell

Bill Russell was born to Charles Russell and Katie Russell in West Monroe, Louisiana.
He was born William Felton "Bill" Russell on February 12, 1934. He is a retired professional basketball player from the United States. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketb
all Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a twelve-time All-Star, Russell was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty, winning eleven NBA championships during his thirteen-year career. Along with Henri Richard of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadians, Russell holds the record for the most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league. He won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer
Olympics as captain of the U.S. national basketball team.[1]

Russell is widely considered one of the best players in NBA history. He was listed as between 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) and 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), and his shot-blocking and man-to-man defense were major reasons for the Celtics' success. Russell was equally notable for his rebounding abilities. He led the NBA in rebounds four times, had a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds,[2] and remains second all-time in both total rebounds and rebounds per game. He is one of just two NBA players (the other being prominent rival Wilt Chamberlain) to have grabbed more than 50 rebounds in a game.

Monroyans lay claim to Russell’s legacy since he grew up in segregated West Monroe and many of his family members still reside in the Monroe area.

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Russell at 80
is youth, West Monroe was strictly segregated, and the Russells often struggled with racism.[ Once, Russell's father was refused service at a gasoline station until the staff had taken care of all the white customers. When his father attempted to leave and find a different station, the attendant stuck a shotgun in his face, threatening to kill himunless he stayed and waited his turn.At another time, Russell's mother was walking outside in a fancy dress when a policeman accosted her. He told her to go home and remove the dress, which he described as "white woman's clothing.” These and other anecdotes are often cited to describe the atmosphere that existed in West Monroe prompting the Russell family to move to during the World War II years. Russell was eight years old when his family resettled in Oakland, California.