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Bill Russell collapses while delivering speech, feeling better

Jul 18, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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A couple years ago, Bill Russell had heart procedures, but he recovered well and has been doing fine since.

He got a long overdue statue in Boston and was honored at the All-Star Game.

There’s a lot left to celebrate of Russell’s life – and hopefully we’ll have plenty of time to do so, even after this scary incident.

ESPN:

Basketball legend Bill Russell was hospitalized Thursday after feeling faint while giving a speech in Nevada, the Boston Celtics said.

Russell, 80, left the event at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline Village on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, according to the Celtics.

The Hall of Fame center is “feeling better,” the Celtics said, and is expected to fly back to his Seattle-area home as early as Thursday night.

Witness Michael Rooney told The Associated Press that Russell was telling a story about Wilt Chamberlain to a roomful of Konica Minolta employees when he started to sway at the podium and then fell backward. Rooney says Russell seemed to be conscious as hotel personnel and first responders came to his aid. The meeting was cut short and attendees left.

Russell and Chamberlain shared a great personal rivalry, but in head-to-head matchups, Russell’s Celtics usually topped Chamberlain’s team. So, I definitely believe Russell is doing better.

As usual, he wasn’t going to let Chamberlain best him.

  1. bostonian13 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Bill Russell, the legend. Glad he’s alright!

    • ans2034 - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Agreed. Hope he stays well.

  2. asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Unfortunately these things happen when you get to that age.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      “What a drag it is getting old.”

  3. GT - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Best ever when it comes to winning championships. Best of luck Mr. Russell.

  4. mungman69 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Good luck Bill. When you fall it’s a long way down. Be careful.

  5. spursareold - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    “So, I definitely believe Russell is doing better.”

    Being dead, Wilt concedes the match, so, yeah…

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      The only player in the game today who reminds me of Bill Russell is Tim Duncan.

      • romestar82 - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Ginooooobliiiiiiii
        carries Timmy

  6. romestar82 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Father time it’s father time ,sad to say but I give him 10 months before God calls his number

  7. themagicfanguy - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    @Rome How much more of a prick can you be? wtf dude. Are you his physician? Do you have any idea what you’re talking about? No you don’t.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      I like your anger.

  8. philswfc08 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    First off, I hope he recovers quickly.

    Second…”Russell and Chamberlain shared a great personal rivalry, but in head-to-head matchups, Russell’s Celtics usually topped Chamberlain’s team. So, I definitely believe Russell is doing better.”

    Huh? Yeah, Russell had more wins (and championships), but those are teams statistics…Russell played on a stacked Celtics team. There is no argument to be made when comparing the two heads up.

    • Zammael - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Interesting.
      When Bill Russell won league MVP in 1961 & 62, Wilt Chamberlain was voted on the All-NBA team in 1961 & 62.

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