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FILE – In this Dec. 12, 1964 file photo, Boston Celtics’ Bill Russell, left, is congratulated by coach Arnold “Red” Auerbach after scoring his 10,000th career point during a basketball game against Baltimore Bullets at Boston Garden in Boston. As a coach, Red Auerbach got the most out of Bill Russell as a player, not by yelling at him or teaching him new techniques. He just talks to him man to man. Russell celebrates their relationship in a new book about Auerbach. (AP Photo/File)

NBA legend and civil rights activist Bill Russell died peacefully on Sunday at the age of 88. Russell won eight straight NBA titles, eventually winning 11 championships with the Boston Celtics during his NBA career. His efforts on the hardwood set the stage for the legendary Lakers vs. Celtics rivalry as the two teams battled in seven NBA Finals during Russell’s career.

His death was announced in a statement on Twitter.

“But for all his victories, it was Bill’s understanding of wrestling that illuminated his life. From boycotting a 1961 exhibition game to expose discrimination tolerated for too long, to leading Mississippi’s first integrated basketball camp in the wake of the combustible Medgar [Evers’] murder, to decades of activism, ultimately recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom,” the statement said. “Bill called out injustice with an unapologetic candor that was intent on disrupting the status quo and a strong example that, while never his humble intent, will forever inspire teamwork, selflessness and thoughtful change.”

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