Report: Bill Russell collapses while giving speech, team says he is OK
An eyewitness at the scene said Russell was awake when he left in an ambulance:
Prayers for Bill Russell, he just collapsed on stage while speaking to our company. #shocked— Christopher Martin (@cmartin4534) July 17, 2014
@ESPNBoston he was conscious when he left via ambulance. That is all I know at this time. I'll let you know if I hear anything else.— Christopher Martin (@cmartin4534) July 17, 2014
Russell won 11 championships with the Celtics during his playing career. The NBA named its Finals Most Valuable Player trophy after him in 2009.
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