Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Boston Celtics former center Bill Russell in attendance during the 2013 NBA all star shooting stars competition at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell expected to be OK after he collapses

Bill Russell, winner of 11 NBA championships and one of the greatest players in league history, is expected to be OK after collapsing during a speech in Lake Tahoe.

CBS Boston has the details:

The 80-year-old Russell has been a popular public speaker since retiring, conveying his “team-first” mentality to corporations and groups around the world. He felt faint while addressing a group on Thursday and was taken to a local hospital, but remained conscience throughout.

The Celtics told WBZ-TV that Russell is expected to fly out of Lake Tahoe later Thursday evening.

An eye-witness first broke the news of Russell’s collapse.

I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say it’s great to hear that Russell doing OK after this scary incident.

Russell was the anchor of the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1950s and 1960s, helping the team win a remarkable nine consecutive championships. Russell was a 12-time All-Star, a five-time MVP and has his No.6 retired by the Boston Celtics.

He totaled 14, 522 points, 21, 620 rebounds and 4,100 assists throughout his illustrious career.


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