Farewell, Mr. Russell

THE GOAT Celtics player (sorry, #33). Eleven-time champion, and the only one to win all dem rings to this day. The NBA’s first player-coach, and first black coach. Destroyer of Laker dreams during the 1960s. Olympic Gold medalist. Advocate for civil rights and social justice. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (when it wasn’t tainted and yes I said it). Hall of Famer. And, in the words of NBA commish Adam Silver, “the greatest champion in all of team sports.” All the truth!

Rest in peace and power, William Felton Russell. Because I like to remember the good times, here’s this clip of him getting savage at an awards show!