Hnews of death Bill Russell stopped NBA world on Sunday, with several former and active players remembering Boston Celtics a legend with some words on Twitter.
Russell, 88, reportedly passed away peacefully at his home along with his wife.
Although he reportedly had no health issues, Russell was rushed to the hospital Friday night due to dehydration. TMZ.
In addition to former and current NBA players such as Magic Johnson expressing their condolences, actors such as Samuel L. Jackson also expressed their grief.
“He had the greatest laugh. He was uncompromising. He was the Champion,” Jackson wrote. – He was smart. He was Light. He was my friend and I love him… Rest in peace, Mr. Bill.”
NBA Twitter reacts to Bill Russell’s death
Ervin “Magic” Johnson took to Twitter to send prayers to Cookie and his wife to the Russell family.
“It a huge loss for the entire basketball world‘ Johnson wrote. “Cookie and I pray for Bill’s family and loved ones, our NBA family, and the entire basketball community.”
Celtics forward Grant Williams thanked Russell for paving the way for black men to play in the NBA.
“Rest in peace, Bill Russell. You have allowed me to be where I am today and you have not only changed the league but the world. Forever 6,” Williams wrote.
Jason Tatum shared a photo of Russell on Twitter thanking him for all he has done for basketball and the black community.
“Thanks for all! RIP Legend,” Tatum wrote.
former NBA head coach George Karl shared a photo of Russell playing against Wilt Chamberlinsaying they have an “epic reunion”.
Skip Bayless also took the time to share his thoughts on Russell, saying that no other athlete has spoken more about racing than the legendary Celtics superstar.
Rest in peace Mr Russell, a true legend. No black superstar has ever spoken about race so boldly and forcefully,” Bayless wrote. “11 championships. 5 MVPs. The one and only. We will miss his wisdom and laughter.”