NBA legend Bill Russell was reportedly hospitalized for for dehydration.
NBA legend Bill Russell was hospitalized for for dehydration Friday and left Saturday, he confirmed on Twitter.
The news was first reported TMZ Sports who said an ambulance was called to Russell's Seattle home Friday night. According to the site, he was experiencing "heart trouble and shortness of breath."
Russell joked with the news in his tweet, saying "as my wife likes to remind me, I don't drink enough," and "as most my friends know I don't have a heart to give me trouble."
Russell, 84, is an 11-time champion and five-time NBA MVP with the Celtics.
Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts, yes I was taken to the hospital last night & as my wife likes to remind me I don’t drink enough. On my way home & as most my friends know I don’t have a heart to give me trouble @NBA @celtics @TMZ @TMZLive @NBAonTNT @MSNBC @YahooSports— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) May 19, 2018
Off the court, he has been one of the leading advocates for civil rights in the sports world, including his support for Muhammad Ali after he refused induction into the U.S. Army and his participation in the 1963 March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr. During the 1950s and 1960s, Russell regularly spoke out against racial injustice, despite backlash from white Boston residents.
Last year, Russell posted a photo of himself that went viral taking a knee in support of NFL players protesting. He tweeted another photo of himself shortly before the Cavs and Celtics squared off in Game 3 on Saturday, appearing to be in good spirits.
Back home got my water getting ready for the #CelticsVsCavs Go get a win @celtics @celticslife @nbcsports @si @espn @twittersports #CUsRise @thescore @tmzsports @bleacherreport Thank You again to everyone for the well wishes strange to read them when ur still alive! @NBA @msnbc pic.twitter.com/D030VhOWvd— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) May 19, 2018