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Champions are Born in Monroe

Bill Russell 88, NBA great, Hall of Famer, five-time Most Valuable Player and 12-time All-Star anchored an NBA Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years, the last two as the first Black head coach in any major U.S. sport, and marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., died Sunday July 31, 2022. Russell in 1980 was voted the greatest player in the NBA history. Bill Russell, byname of William Felton Russell, was born February 12, 1934, Monroe, Louisiana. When Russell was eight years old, his father moved the family to Oakland, California, where the job prospects wer...


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