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Steph Curry, Barack Obama and more celebs react to the death of NBA legend, Bill Russell

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Celebs, sports stars and fans are mourning the loss of NBA legend Bill Russell. 11-time NBA champion as a player, coach with the Boston Celtics, and one of the most important figures in NBA history, died at the age of 88His family made the announcement on Sunday with his wife Jeanine by his side.

His family announced the sad news in a statement shared on Twitter, where they reflected on Russell’s lasting legacy and his achievements on and off the court.

Bill’s two state championships in high school offered a glimpse of an incomparable run of pure team achievement to come: two-time NCAA champion; captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team; 11-time NBA champion; and someone at the top for Also served two NBA championships as the first Black head coach of a North American professional sports team,” the statement read. Along the way, the Bills earned a string of individual awards that are unprecedented because it went unnoticed by them. In 2009, the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award was named after two-time Hall of Famer ‘Bills’ Russell NBA Finals’ Most Valuable Player Award.'”

“But for all the victors, Bill’s understanding of the struggle illuminated his life. From the 1961 exhibition game boycott to highlighting the much-tolerated discrimination Mississippi in the combustible wake of the murder of Medgar Evans To lead the U.S. first integrated basketball camp, decades of activism were eventually recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom…” The statement, which included a photo of Russell, his wife, and their two dogs, continued. “Bill invoked injustice with an unforgivable candor, intended to disrupt the status quo, and with a powerful example, though never his humble intention, would always inspire teamwork, selflessness, and thoughtful change.”

Fellow NBA great Steph Curry, former President Barack Obama and celebrities from the sports world and beyond took to social media following the news of Russell’s passing.

Curry shared a throwback of himself and the late legend on Instagram after the Golden State Warriors’ 2015 championship win, writing, “Trailblazer. Icon. The greatest champion in basketball. Making the world a better place, on and off the court.” .Thanks and Relax! 11.”

Curry also shared a photo of his father, basketball star, Dale Curry, and his brother, Brooklyn Nets guard, Seth Curry, with Russell on his Instagram Story. He wrote nothing but the picture, just adding a prayer hand emoji to the picture.

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In Obama’s tribute to Russell, he looked at his basketball career and his work as a civil rights pioneer – commending Russell and sharing the lessons he learned from him along the way.

“Today, we lost a stalwart. Bill Russell stands taller, his legacy is greater – as a player and as a person,” Obama tweeted. “Perhaps more than anyone else, Bill knew what it took to win and what led him. On the court, he was the greatest champion in basketball history. Plus, he was a civil rights trailblazer — Dr. King. I was marching with him. And standing with Muhammad Ali.”

He continued, “For decades, Bill tolerated humiliation and vandalism, but that never stopped him from speaking up for what was right. I admired the way he played, the way he coached, and the way he lived his life. I learned a lot from him. Michelle and I send our love to Bill’s family and everyone who admires him.”

The Boston Celtics, the team in which Russell earned all 11 of his championship rings, also paid tribute to basketball and called him a revolutionary and an important social leader in the sport.

The team’s official Twitter page wrote in a statement, “It seems unimaginable to be the greatest champion in your sport, to revolutionize the way we play the game, and to be a social leader at the same time, but that’s what Bill Russell was.” “Bills was a champion unlike any other in the team’s sporting history—an 11-time NBA champion, including eight consecutive title wins, a five-time MVP, an Olympic gold medalist, and the NBA’s first black head coach.”

The Celtics continued, “Bill Russell’s DNA is woven through every element of the Celtics organization, from the relentless pursuit of excellence, to the celebration of team awards on individual pride, to commitment to social justice and civil rights from the courtroom.” Our thoughts are with his family as we mourn his passing and celebrate his vast legacy in basketball, Boston and beyond.

The team also shared a shot of Russell’s jersey number 6, which is immortalized in Celtics history.

See more celeb reactions to Russell’s passing below:

Dwyane Wade
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Dwyane Wade
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Rick Fox
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