Bill Russell peacefully passed away yesterday at 88 years old. The 11 time NBA Champion and five time MVP spent all 13 years of his prolific career with the Boston Celtics.
After he retired, the hall of famer became the first black head coach in NBA history. He coached for the Seattle Supersonics from 1973 to 1977. In 2011, President Obama awarded Russell the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
The NBA community also payed tribute yesterday, including commissioner Adam Silver, current and former Celtics players, and so many others. Russell's impact was felt on and off the court.