Reactions to Bill Russell’s death: Live updates

31 July 2022 11:51 pm EDT

Danny Enge: ‘The impact he had on so many people everywhere is legendary’

Utah Jazz executive Danny Ange speaks about the life and legacy of Bill Russell.

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31 July 2022 9:47 pm EDT

Gary Peyton: ‘Thanks for making way’

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31 July 2022 9:19 pm EDT

Jason Tatum: ‘Thanks for everything! RIP Legend’

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31 July 2022 7:52 pm EDT

Definition of ‘champion, on and off the court’

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31 July 2022 7:51 pm EDT

Bill Clinton: ‘Everything he did he did with determination, principle and wisdom’

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31 July 2022 7:49 pm EDT

Coach Pop on death of NBA legend Bill Russell

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31 July 2022 7:48 pm EDT

Brad Stevens: ‘He set the standard – on and off the court’

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31 July 2022 5:44 pm EDT

National Basketball Coaches Association makes a statement on the passing of Bill Russell

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31 July 2022 5:34 pm EDT

lessons from a legend

Bill Russell was Oakland. A proud city that has produced great athletes in nearly every sport, few are more a product of McLemonds High in West Oakland – than Russell.

Russell’s pride in his Oakland roots is a big part of that and it was never more evident than in 2008 when his alma mater won 32-0 and won the California Division I state title. A few months after the title, Russell came to campus for an intimate visit that I—as the Prep Sports reporter for the Oakland Tribune, which detailed the storybook season—was allowed to sit on.

The lessons he shared that day – about sports, education, life, race and more – were profound and will always be with me and I imagine it with the rest of the small group experiencing it. His visit was so real. He was thrilled to be there and the players seemed immersed in every word.

Whenever I think of Bill Russell, instead of all the champions

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin,

Senior Editor, NFL

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31 July 2022 4:51 pm EDT

Reflecting on a 2010 interview with Bill Russell

Back in 2010 I interviewed Bill Russell for a brief Q&A on winning the SI Sportsman of the Year in 1968. Here he tells me how roles have changed for black men in the 42 years since they won the award:

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“There are too many people in management and decision making but not as many as there could be,” he told me. “But the media is still mostly white. The topic of race is still very much dominating and it is still how some people see each other. If Red[Orbach]and I had talked about being our pioneers at the time So I don’t take a coaching job. He told me it was the work of the Celtics.”

Richard Ditschow

Richard Ditschow,

Senior Writer, Sports Media

31 July 2022 4:21 pm EDT

Carmelo Anthony: ‘Bill Russell was an inspiration to me in many ways’

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31 July 2022 4:18 pm EDT

Celtics VP of Operations Mike Zaren: ‘Nobody lived a fuller or more meaningful life’

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31 July 2022 3:51 pm EDT

Michael Jordan releases statement on Bill Russell’s death

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31 July 2022 3:51 pm EDT

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu: ‘We are grateful to her and we will miss her’

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31 July 2022 3:16 pm EDT

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31 July 2022 3:12 pm EDT

People outside the sports world paid tribute to the icon on Sunday

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31 July 2022 3:06 pm EDT

Marcus Smart shares his thoughts on the Great Bill Russell

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31 July 2022 at 3:04 pm EDT

Barack Obama reflects on Bill Russell’s legacy

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