NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell collapsed at a speaking engagement in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. According to the Associated Press:

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Celtics officials say NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.

Team spokesman Brian Olive says the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the Thursday morning fall at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline Village, Nevada, but was planning on returning home to Seattle this evening.

No health problems have been reported with Russell, but at 80 years of age, this kind of incident would seem normal.  According to a witness, Russell was telling a story about Wilt Chamberlain when he started to sway and fell backward. He was conscious when first responders arrived to treat him. 

 Russell, a five-time NBA MVP, won 11 championships in 13 years as a center with the Boston Celtics. As a player-coach for the last two, he was the first black head coach in a major U.S. pro sport.

Bill Russell was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1975 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.  Last year with a statue outside Boston’s City Hall was erected in his honor.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Bill Russell and I can tell you he’s a kind man. I wish him well and continued good health.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis