Bill Russell’s Words Were Worth the Wait

In wit and wisdom, Russell left an impression with his gravelly voice. “It wasn’t like he tried to impress you with big words,” said one recipient of his advice.

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Bill Russell Paved the Way for Black Coaches to Defy Doubters

When getting hired as a Black coach seemed “far-fetched,” as one coach said, Russell showed that it could be done — and that it could lead to championships.

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Bill Russell, Who Led the Celtics to 11 Championships, Dies at 88

A Hall of Fame center whose former coach, Red Auerbach, called “the single most devastating force in the history of the game.”

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Sam Jones, Sharpshooting Celtics Star of the 1960s, Dies at 88

A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in N.B.A. history and played on 10 N.B.A. championship teams.

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K.C. Jones, Celtics Standout as Player and Coach, Dies at 88

As a defense-minded guard, he played on eight consecutive championship teams. He later found success leading the team from the sidelines.

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