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NBA legend Russell hospitalized

By The Sports Network July 17, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell was hospitalized Thursday after collapsing during a corporate speaking event near Lake Tahoe.

The Boston Celtics released a statement saying that the 80-year-old Russell is conscious and recovering in a local hospital, and is hopeful that he will be able to fly back to his Seattle-area home Thursday night.

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According to witness accounts, Russell began to feel faint while making his speech and fell to the floor before being carried out of the Hyatt Regency hotel on a stretcher.

Russell won 11 NBA titles during a 13-year career with the Celtics from 1956-69, serving the final three seasons as a player-coach. The revered former center was selected as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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