ALERT: American Icon Found Dead

Posted by DINO PORRAZZO at AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Sports is one thing that brings Americans and actually the civilized part of the world together.

At least it used to back in the good old days.

Today? Not so much.

With Kaepernick refusing to stand for The National Anthem others followed suit.

Hatred for police and of course the race card took the fun out of the game.

But back in the day it was all about going to a game and having fun after working all week.

Baseball, football, hockey and basketball.

Now, sports has been tainted with leftist garbage.

But it wasn’t always like that.

Anyways, it is with great sadness to report that one of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game has passed away.

Reuters Reports:

Former Boston Celtics star Bill Russell, one of the sports world’s greatest winners as the anchor of a team that won 11 NBA championships, as well as the league’s first black coach, died at the age of 88.

“Bill Russell was the greatest champion in all of team sports,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

“The countless accolades that he earned for his storied career with the Boston Celtics – including a record 11 championships and five MVP awards – only begin to tell the story of Bill’s immense impact on our league and broader society.”

“To be the greatest champion in your sport, to revolutionize the way the game is played, and to be a societal leader all at once seems unthinkable, but that is who Bill Russell was,” the Celtics said in a statement.

“Bill Russell’s DNA is woven through every element of the Celtics organization, from the relentless pursuit of excellence, to the celebration of team rewards over individual glory, to a commitment to social justice and civil rights off the court.

“Our thoughts are with his family as we mourn his passing and celebrate his enormous legacy in basketball, Boston, and beyond.”

The Russell-era Celtics teams were rich in talent. Heinsohn, Bob Cousy, Frank Ramsey, Bill Sharman, Tom “Satch” Sanders, John Havlicek, Don Nelson, Sam Jones and K.C. Jones, his old college team mate, would all join him in the Basketball Hall of Fame, as would their coach, Red Auerbach.

But Russell’s rebounding and defense, especially his shot-blocking, were unprecedented and set him apart. Russell, who was spindly compared to opponents at the center position when he came into the NBA, would leap to block opponents’ shots at a time when the prevailing defensive philosophy was that players generally should not leave their feet.

“Russell defended the way Picasso painted, the way Hemingway wrote,” Aram Goudsouzian said in his book “King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution.”

“In time, he changed how people understood the craft. Until Russell, the game stayed close to the floor. No longer.”

Russell averaged 15.1 points and 22.5 rebounds per game for his career. He was the NBA’s most valuable player in 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1965 and was a 12-time All-Star.

Despite the individual honors, Russell viewed “team” as a sacred concept.

“For me, it didn’t make any difference who did what as long as we got it done,” Russell said.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, fellow players and fans.

REST IN PEACE BROTHER AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

GOOD TIMES!

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