NBA Legend Bill Russell is ‘OK’ After Collapsing
NBA great Bill Russell gave onlookers a freight when he collapsed while giving a speech near Lake Tahoe Thursday, but officials say he is doing “ok.”
The former Boston Celtic fell faint during a morning speaking engagement at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline Village, according to the Associated Press.
He was in the middle of telling a story about Wilt Chamberlain to a group of Konica Minolta employees when he began to sway back and forth before falling.
The 80-year-old left the hotel on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure. He was expected to return to his Seattle home Thursday evening.
Winning 11 championships and becoming a five-time MVP during his 13-years with the Celtics, Russell was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.
He went on to maintain a successful career as an NBA coach and was honored last year with a statue outside Boston’s City Hall.