NBA legend Bill Russell is OK after collapsing during a speech

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing earlier this week.
Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing earlier this week. (USATSI)

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There was a scary scene in Lake Tahoe, Nevada on Thursday when NBA legend Bill Russell was giving a speech and collapsed on stage. The 80-year old Hall of Famer was taken away on a stretcher before being hospitalized as a precaution. Russell is doing OK and is expected to fly home to Seattle, possibly as early as Friday night.

From ESPN Boston:

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

Russell, 80, left the Lake Tahoe-based event on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, according to the Celtics.

Russell has been more active and in the public eye over the last five or six years with the NBA making a concerted effort to have him present the NBA Finals MVP trophy. He's the greatest winner in NBA history as the centerpiece of 11 championships in 13 seasons. He won five MVP awards and is the second all-time leading rebouder. He's been a player, coach, announcer and ambassador in the NBA for almost 60 years.

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