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Bill Russell

Full name: William Fenton "Bill" Russell
Gender: Male
Height: 6-9 (207 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Born: February 12, 1934 in Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Affiliations: San Francisco Dons, San Francisco (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

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Biography

Perhaps he was the greatest basketball player ever, perhaps only its greatest champion, but it matters little, for Bill Russell forever changed the shape of professional basketball. He turned it into the consummate team game, where defensive ability, rebounding and hustle were as important as great offensive skills. Bill Russell played for the University of San Francisco, the 1956 Olympic team, and the Boston Celtics. But one rarely finds Russell’s name in the individual record book as most of the records were set by his arch-rival, Wilt Chamberlain. However, when it counted, Russell’s character refused to allow his team to lose. In 17 attempts to win championships with these clubs, he succeeded 14 times, and one loss occurred when he was injured in the NBA championship finals. Besides his gold medal, he played on two NCAA championship teams, and 11 NBA champs with the Celtics – eight of those in succession.

Russell was five times the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, and was virtually always first or second-team All-NBA, often alternating the honor with Chamberlain. He was named The Sporting News' Athlete of the Decade in 1970, and also was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. After his retirement he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1974 and, in perhaps his greatest honor, was named the NBA’s greatest player ever in a poll of basketball writers. Russell also coached in the NBA, but with mixed success. He started as a player-coach with the Celtics in his last two playing years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Basketball Men's Basketball United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Basketball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1956-12-01 USA 89, URS 55 13
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Basketball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1956-11-30 USA 101, URU 38 11
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Basketball United States USA Group B Match #1 1 1956-11-27 USA 85, BUL 44 12
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Basketball United States USA Group B Match #4 1 1956-11-28 USA 113, BRA 51 17
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Basketball United States USA Group B Match #5 1 1956-11-29 USA 85, URS 55 20
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Basketball United States USA Group A Match #2 1 1956-11-23 USA 98, JPN 40 20
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Basketball United States USA Group A Match #3 1 1956-11-24 USA 101, THA 29 8
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Basketball United States USA Group A Match #5 1 1956-11-26 USA 121, PHI 53 12
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