NBA community and others react to Bill Russell’s death

NBA legend and Hall of Famer Bill Russell died Sunday at the age of 88. No cause of death was given, and the statement did not state where he died.

The former Boston Celtics center was the first black professional basketball superstar to win 11 championships and five MVP titles in his career, including becoming the first black head coach of a major professional sports team.

Athletes and celebrities from around the world shared their thoughts and spoke about Russell’s career and work as a player, coach and civil rights and social justice advocate:

Current Celtic players Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown as well as Marcus SmartLakers great Magic Johnson and tennis legend Billie Jean King everyone also shared their condolences and memories of Russell.