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    Bill Russell, the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics' dynasty that won eight straight titles and 11 overall during his career, died Sunday. The Hall of Famer was 88.

    Russell died "peacefully" with his wife, Jeannine, at his side, a statement posted on social media read. Arrangements for his memorial service will be announced soon, according to the statement.

    "But for all the winning, Bill's understanding of the struggle is what illuminated his life. From boycotting a 1961 exhibition game to unmask too-long-tolerated discrimination, to leading Mississippi's first integrated basketball camp in the combustible wake of Medgar [Evers'] assassination, to decades of activism ultimately recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom ... Bill called out injustice with an unforgiving candor that he intended would disrupt the status quo, and with a powerful example that, though never his humble intention, will forever inspire teamwork, selflessness and thoughtful change," the statement read.
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    Truly a great man who showed often that he was an independent thinker. When the NBA was a game of offense, Russell mastered defense. He outrebounded taller men by studying the angle of the flight of the ball to the rim and putting himself where he thought the rebound would go. When I was in high school, I read his autobiography "Second Wind". It was quite insightful, particularly compared to most of the books written by athletes at the time. Before the word "racism" was coined, the catchphrase to describe racist behaviors was "racial discrimination" or "discrimination" for short. Bill took umbrage at the use of the word. "Discrimination", he said, "is how you choose your friends. If we never exercised discrimination, we could not choose a preference of whom to be around."

    But Bill was also a champion of racial justice, often lending his name and voice to causes that improved the plight of blacks. He was a man who lived by his own code and, in many ways, it was a level above the rest of us. He showed want an athlete's life could be like after the cheering stopped.
    I miss the old Mile High Stadium.

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