Bill Russell is an NBA legend and best-selling author whose life defines the word “champion.” His uncompromising defensive play and
leadership as team captain helped the Boston Celtics achieve nine
NBA championships between 1957 and 1967, including eight in a row.
Overall, Russell won an unprecedented 18 championships during 21 years of basketball.
In 1967, Russell was named the Celtics' coach, making him the first African American coach in major league sports. His many honors include induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and 2010 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Russell has authored several best-selling books, including Second Wind with
Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch, Russell’s Rules and Red and Me.