Bill Russell Won’t Be At This Year’s All-Star Game And The NBA 75 Honors

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Bill Russell Won’t Be At This Year’s All-Star Game And The NBA 75 Honors


Bill Russell is undoubtedly one of the greatest player in NBA history. No one has one as many championships as him.

He’s an 11-time NBA champion (1957, 1959–1966, 1968, 1969), 5- time NBA MVP (1958, 1961–1963, 1965), 12-time NBA All-Star (1958–1969), 11-time All-NBA Team member, 4-time rebounding champion and a 2-time NCAA champion.

While Russell played in 12 All-Star Games, he was present for so many more, as the NBA always makes sure its legends are represented on one of the biggest stages. This year however, Russell will not be attending the All-Star Game in Cleveland, even though there will be a special event for the league’s 75 anniversary team, Russell is part of.

At age 88, with the current Covid-Situation, and not too many people who care about it and masks and social distancing any longer, he’s rather watching from home.


“I was proud to play in 12 AllStar Games, and have been lucky to attend so many as a fan, so I don’t lightly make the decision to miss one – especially the one marking our League’s 75th anniversary. But I don’t take anything about Covid lightly either, so I’m staying cautious-and doing my best to stay healthy-and will watch this year’s game from home. My thanks to the NBA for doing a great job with its Covid protocols, and for respecting my decision this particular year. Stay safe everybody, and enjoy the game.”


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