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Russell’s No. 6 being retired across NBA, a 1st for league

Aug. 11, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey is being retired across the NBA, a first for the league. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced Thursday that the number worn by the 11-time champion, civil rights activist and person good enough to be enshrined in the Basketball...

Bulls and Dragic finalize $2.9 million, 1-year contract

Aug. 02, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls and guard Goran Dragic finalized a one-year, $2.9 million contract on Tuesday. The Bulls tweeted a welcome message in announcing the deal about a month after the two sides reached an agreement. The 36-year-old Dragic has averaged 13.7...

Russell was a champion of activism before winning NBA titles

Aug. 01, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Russell never had to find his voice as an activist. He didn’t know any other way but to speak his mind. It's what made the winningest athlete in team sports one of the greatest champions of activism. His belief in equality and the stances he took helped create...

Bill Russell, NBA star and civil rights pioneer, dies at 88

Jul. 31, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Russell redefined how basketball is played, and then he changed the way sports are viewed in a racially divided country. The most prolific winner in NBA history, Russell marched with Martin Luther King Jr., stood with Muhammad Ali and received the Presidential...

Reactions to the death of NBA great Bill Russell

Jul. 31, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

Reaction from the basketball world and beyond on the death of NBA great and 11-time champion Bill Russell: ___ “Bill Russell was the greatest champion in all of team sports. The countless accolades that he earned for his storied career with the Boston Celtics —...

Appreciation: Bill Russell lived a life like very few others

Jul. 31, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

Bill Russell hated autographs. Saw no point to them. If he was out dining and got approached by someone asking for his signature, Russell’s usual response was to instead ask the person to join him at the table to have a conversation about life. The autograph-seekers almost always...

Suns extend contract of NBA's Coach of the Year Williams

Jul. 27, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have officially agreed to a multi-year contract extension for Monty Williams, the NBA's Coach of the Year last season after leading the franchise to a team-record 64 wins in the regular season. The team announced the extension Wednesday. No other...

Former Laker Medvedenko auctions NBA title rings for Ukraine

Jul. 24, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Lakers player Slava Medvedenko is selling his two NBA championship rings to raise money for his native Ukraine. Medvedenko was a power forward on the Lakers’ championship teams in 2001 and ’02, playing alongside Kobe Bryant and Shaquille...

Rapinoe, King urge freedom for Brittney Griner at The ESPYS

Jul. 21, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Soccer player Megan Rapinoe admonished her fellow athletes for not doing enough to speak out and encouraged them to support detained WNBA star Brittney Griner at The ESPYS on Wednesday night. Griner was arrested in Russia in February after customs officials said...

Steph Curry steps out of comfort zone as host of The ESPYS

Jul. 18, 2022 21:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry lets his play do the talking during the NBA season. Give him a mic as host of The ESPYS and some famous folks might finally be hearing trash talk from one of the league's best-liked players. Just how worried should the audience be Wednesday night...