Bill Russell accepts his Basketball Hall of Fame ring

Ex-Celtics great Russell accepts HOF ring after 44 years

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell won a record 11 National Basketball Association titles while re-defining how to play the position of center.

The 11-time National Basketball Association champion, five-time MVP, Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champ said on Twitter on Friday that he was presented with his Hall of Fame ring in a private ceremony.

TMZ reports Russell's refusal had to do with Chuck Cooper, who was the first black player selected in the NBA Draft when the Celtics picked him in the second round in 1950. He's ready to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, evidently because the Hall of Fame is now ready for him.

"In a private ceremony w/my wife & close friends A.Mourning @AnnMeyers @billwalton & others I accepted my #HOF ring", Russell tweeted. Good to see progress", Russell said in a tweet on Friday. "I've felt this way for many years".

Russell, who helped spark the United States squad to men's basketball gold at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, accepted the ring alongside retired NBA pals Bill Walton and Alonzo Mourning and former women's star Ann Meyers.

Russell is one of the most decorated players in National Basketball Association history, winning 11 championships and five MVP awards over his 13-year career.



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