He never shot better than 50 percent from the field for a single season in his career.
Russell was mistaken for Morgan Freeman at Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration.
The former SF Don holds the NBA Finals single-game record for most rebounds with 40.
In his first NBA season (1957-58), Russell became the first player in NBA history to average more than 20 rpg for an entire season.
Russell became the first black head coach in a major U.S. professional sport.
He was the first of just four players to win an NCAA and NBA Championship back-to-back.
Russell is 11-0 in series deciding games (10-0 in Game 7’s and 1-0 in a Game 5).
He hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1979.
Russell finished with 21,620 career rebounds, second in NBA history to Wilt Chamberlain’s 23,924.
In 1980, Russell was voted Greatest Player in the History of the NBA by the PBWAA.