NBA Twitter mourns Bill Russell after Oakland legend's passing


The NBA world has come to a standstill after the passing of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell.

Russell died "peacefully" at age 88 on Sunday, a statement shared to his official Twitter account announced, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side.

Basketball players, analysts, teams, and fans took to their own Twitter accounts in the wake of the news on Sunday to both celebrate and mourn the life of the 11-time NBA champion.

Despite his Boston ties, Russell had roots in the Bay, too. He moved from Louisiana to Oakland, Ca., with his family at 8 years old, where he won two championships at McClymonds High School before winning a pair of NCAA titles with the San Francisco Dons in 1955 and 1956. He also coached the Sacramento Kings for 58 games in 1987-88.

But as was evident online Sunday, his reach knew no bounds.

NBA players, both those of the Celtics franchise and those who felt Russell's impact anyway, also paid their respects online.

And NBA teams, too, reacted to the news.

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