Celtics, NBA world react to the passing of Bill Russell, Boston legend and civil rights icon

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Boston Celtics legendary big man Bill Russell was simply incomparable in the achievements and connections that he made in his 88 years of life before leaving us this weekend. An 11-time champion with a list of accomplishments in the sport of basketball from college, the Olympics, and the NBA are simply too long to be listed in their entirety, and his indefatigable work fighting for civil rights and social justice eclipsed all of his many milestones and honors in sport.

The connections and respect he generated through his excellence far beyond the world of basketball were reflected in the reactions of the wider NBA world. Taking to social media to share their feelings about Russell’s life and legacy, countless fans, friends, and peers let their thoughts be known on the man and his works.

Let’s take a look at a selection of them.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire