The basketball world lost a titan Sunday as Bill Russell died at age 88.
Here are some reactions:
Paul Pierce referred to him as a “trailblazer” and “pioneer.”
😢#6— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 31, 2022
Thanku for being a trailblazer , pioneer Thanku for setting the bar , for ur kind words of wisdom, Thanku for that great laugh u had . I can go on all day about what u meant to me . Today is a sad day for the NBA family u will be forever missed #6— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 31, 2022
Jayson Tatum called him a “legend.”
Jaylen Brown thanked him for paving the way.
Marcus Smart said he “just played and dominated.”
Brad Stevens said he “set the standard.”
Grant Williams credited him for changing the world.
R.I.P Bill Russell. You allowed me to be in the position I am in today and you changed not only the league but the world. Forever 6.— Grant Williams (@Grant2Will) July 31, 2022
Commissioner Adam Silver called him the greatest champion in all of team sports.
Michael Jordan highlighted him as someone who “set an example.”
Magic Johnson referred to him as his “idol.”
Bill Russell was my idol. I looked up to him on the court and off. His success on the court was undeniable; he was dominate and great, winning 11 NBA championships. Off the court, Bill Russell paved the way for guys like me. pic.twitter.com/ZMIrEx8Tne— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 31, 2022
He was one of the first athletes on the front line fighting for social justice, equity, equality, and civil rights. That’s why I admired and loved him so much. Over the course of our friendship, he always reminded me about making things better in the Black community. pic.twitter.com/K73adpaWZ4— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 31, 2022
David Robinson thanked him for leading the way.
Bill Russell was the most powerful ambassador of the NBA. I held him in the highest regard and tried to build on the groundwork laid by him and his generation of players. Thank you, Bill, for leading the way and giving us such a high bar to shoot at.— David Robinson (@DavidtheAdmiral) July 31, 2022
Bill Simmons deemed him one of the most important athletes ever.
Man… Bill Russell.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 31, 2022
One of the most important athletes who ever lived. And one of the greatest. RIP.
Robert Horry referred to it as a “teary-eyed Sunday.”
Isiah Thomas highlighted his “winning spirit.”
Isaiah Thomas also expressed his condolences.
RIP Bill Russell ☘️— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 31, 2022
Rick Barry noted that he’s one of the greatest players ever.
Trae Young honored Russell.
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