Bill Russell, a hall of fame player in the sport of basketball, passed away on Sunday at the age of 88. 11 NBA titles are a record for him. Pthoto By Google

Bill Russell, a hall of fame basketball player, has reportedly passed away at the age of 88. The event was announced on his verified Twitter account.

Russell racked up the most championships of any NBA player in history. The Boston Celtics had all eleven of their players. Shot-blocking became a crucial part of the defense thanks to his five NBA MVP awards.

A Black athlete, he spoke out against racial injustice when it wasn't so common.

Bill Russell, then 9, was playing outside his Oakland apartment when he was shot and killed. He was slapped in the face by one of five boys who ran by. After Bill and his mother discovered the group, he expected his mother to file a criminal complaint.

"Take them one at a time," Katie Russell counseled. He was victorious in two of his four matches, while losing three of them. In a 2013 interview, Russell spoke of how a tearful message from his mother had changed his life.

Russel told her, "Don't cry." That's all right, you did what you had to. It doesn't matter if you win or lose. The most important thing is to stand up for yourself. This should be done at all times."

No doubt that Russell had an impact on the basketball court - where he blossomed late in his career but ended up revolutionizing the sport.

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