Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Bill Russell reportedly collapsed while giving a speech in Lake Tahoe, but the team says he is "doing OK," confirms WCVB's Scott Isaacs.
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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