Bill Russell voted into Basketball Hall of Fame as coach

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Bill Russell, the greatest champion in NBA history, has been voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.

Russell, who helped the Boston Celtics win 11 NBA championships as a player, originally was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1975. He became the first Black head coach in NBA history when he took over for Red Auerbach on the Celtics bench in 1966.

Russell served as player/coach in his final three seasons with the Celtics, winning the NBA title in 1968 and 1969. His coaching record with the Celtics was 162-83 in the regular season and 28-18 in the playoffs. He later served as head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics from the 1973-74 season through 1976-77 and the Sacramento Kings in the 1987-88 season. His total record as an NBA head coach was 341-290 in the regular season and 34-27 in the playoffs.

Tommy Heinsohn is the only other former Celtics player and head coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in both roles.

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