BY SPNW Staff 03:26PM 07/17/2014

Woozy Bill Russell hospitalized in Nevada

Mercer Island resident, former Sonics coach and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, 80, was hospitalized Thursday in Incline Village, NV., where he had been giving a speech. Russell became faint during his presentation at the Hyatt Regency Resort and was hospitalized as “a precaution,” according to the Boston Celtics. A team spokesman said Russell “is feeling better” and is expected to return home later Thursday.

According to one witness, Russell was telling a story about former rival Wilt Chamberlain when he began to sway at the podium and then fell backward. Hotel personnel quickly came to Russell’s aid. Russell appeared conscious as he left the stage.

Russell won 11 championship rings in 13 years when he played for the Celtics (1956-69). He won five Most Valuable Player awards, played in 12 All-Star games, and was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1975.

Russell coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 1973-77, acquiring many of the players, including Dennis Johnson and Jack Sikma, who helped lead the Sonics to the NBA championship in 1979.



  • jafabian

    Wow, didn’t know Russ was 80. Where does the time go? And with the temps going up to 110 there probably was pretty difficult for him there. Especially compared to the temps here. Probably was like culture shock to him.

  • RadioGuy

    Yeah, where DOES the time go? Doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since I watched on TV as Russ led Boston to a Finals win over LA in his last season. Then again, I was 9 at the time and turned 55 today…where the hell did MY time go?