Bill Russell is a giant in the world of basketball. He played in the league during the civil unrest in the United States. He was a beacon of hope for the black community when many had given up hope on the system. He played for the Boston Celtics and won 11 championships in 13 seasons. He was the defensive anchor of the team and was the vocal leader on the court. He had many legendary one-on-one battles with Wilt Chamberlain in which he mainly reigned victoriously.
Bill Russell was known for his athletic abilities and clarity of thought. He was articulate, well-read, and to this day is one of the most respected legends of the game.
The NBA Finals MVP trophy is named after him to honor his contributions to the league when it was in its formative years.