American basketball great Bill Russell has died at the age of 88.

As a player, centre Russell won a record 11 NBA titles and five NBA Most Valuable Player awards during a 13-year career with the Boston Celtics.

He captained America to Olympic gold in 1956 and he transcended the court by becoming the league’s first black head coach and an equal rights pioneer.

Russell was first inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1975, then again as a coach in 2021 and his No. 6 jersey is retired by the Celtics.

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