11-time NBA champion Bill Russell dies at 89

Bill Russell, the most decorated player in the history of the North American Basketball Association (NBA), has died at the age of 88.

This is reported NBCreports Ukrinform.

Russell has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame twice, both as a player and as a coach. The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is named after him.

As a player, Russell won the championship eleven times: in 1957, from 1959 to 1966, in 1968, and in 1969. As a coach, he won the NBA Finals in 1968 and 1969. He was named All League MVP five times: in 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965.

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The Boston Celtics retired his number (6). In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest civilian awards in the United States, awarded for significant contributions to the social and cultural life of the United States and the world.

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