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NBA Legend Bill Russell

Bill Russell won 11 championship rings. With that being said I am counting the 2 he won as a player-coach. These 11 NBA championships were won in 13 NBA seasons. Which means that around 85% of the time that Bill Russell was in the NBA, he won an NBA championship. People may argue that the reason that Bill Russell won this many championships is because of Coach Auerbach, or Bob Cousy or any other one of the future Hall Of Famers that played with Bill Russell. I beg to differ. The Boston Celtics never made a trip to the NBA Finals before Bill Russell arrived in Boston. Even though they had Coach Auerbach, Bill Sharman, Bob Cousy and other future Hall of Famers, they did not make the Finals, not even once.

1967: Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics, and UCLA star Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) offer their support to heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali during his struggle to keep his title after refusing to serve in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. (© Bettmann/CORBIS)

Russell was a pioneer, not only was he a great basketball player. He was activist for people of color. Bill Russell along with other famous athletes stood with Mohamed Ali, during stands against the Vietnam War, refusing the join the military.

Vernon McKenzie: PureSportsNY

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