On This Date in NBA History: February 12, Bill Russell was born

Dec 1, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; NBA former player Bill Russell raises the Seattle Seahawks 12th man flag before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

1934 – Happy 79th birthday to retired Boston Celtics center Bill Russell, who spent 13 years in the league and coached for eight seasons. He was an 11-time champion, five-time MVP and 12-time All-Star. Russell’s 22.5 rebound per game average is the second-best all-time. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.

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