Photos: Bill Russell (1934-2022) through the years

Bill Russell goes up for a layup during a picture shoot at the University of San Francisco

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Bill Russell, left, and K.C. Jones were teammates when USF won two NCAA titles

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Celtics rookie Bill Russell watches coach Red Auerbach spin the ball on his fingertip in December 1956

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Celtics center Bill Russell attempts a hook shot over Lakers center Jim Krebs in April 1962

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Celtics star Bill Russell talks with reporters about the boycott of Boston public schools by African Americans June 18, 1963

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Bill Russell and coach Red Auerbach celebrate after they defeated the Lakers 95-93 on April 28, 1966

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Bill Russell, first row far left, was among the Black athletes who attended the Cleveland Summit in 1967

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Celtics center Bill Russell tries to block a layup by Lakers guard Jerry Wes

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Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain tries to score against Celtics center Bill Russell during a 1969 NBA Finals game

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Celtics center Bill Russell drives against the Lakers in Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals

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President Barack Obama reaches up to present a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to NBA legend Bill Russell

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Celtics legend Bill Russell looks up at the TD Garden crowd during a tribute in November 2013

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Kobe Bryant pays his respects to Bill Russell as Shaquille O’Neal looks on during the Lakers legend’s jersey retirement ceremony in 2017

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Jerry West, center, chats with Bill Russell, right, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar courtside during the 2018 NBA All-Star game

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