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NBA News Roundup: NBA players react to Bill Russell’s death, Kawhi Leonard looks more jacked in video and more

The NBA world is mourning the death of Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell. He passed on Sunday at the age of 88. Russell was an 11-time champion and one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. He was also an outspoken advocate for the civil rights movement for most of his life.

Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard is looking great as he prepares for his return to the court next season. Leonard missed all of last season while recovering from knee surgery. The LA Clippers were ravaged by injuries last season, but Leonard’s return will undoubtedly increase their chances of winning the championship.

Here is the latest NBA news roundup for Aug. 2 brought to you by Sportskeeda.

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NBA players react to Bill Russell’s death

Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell.

A statement from Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan on the passing of NBA legend Bill Russell.

My thoughts about Bill Russell passing away…. I am working on a deeper thought provoking article tonight as I process what just happened.

I’m heartbroken to hear about the passing of the greatest winner the game of basketball has ever seen, a legend, hall of famer, mentor and my friend for over 30 years, Bill Russell. 💔

Rest in peace Bill Russell you were everything we all aspired to be, your winning spirit will live forever my friend. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

Charles Barkley’s statement regarding the passing of Bill Russell

Meanwhile, current NBA stars also paid their respects to Russell. Current Celtics superstar Jayson Tatum showed gratitude, while Marcus Smart posted Russell’s accomplishments of him. Steph Curry called him a trailblazer, and Chris Paul described him as the ultimate leader.

“He’s solid as hell. Obviously, probably not the elite of the elite,” Young said. “But he’s athletic, he’s strong, he plays defense, he can shoot the ball well, he can run the point guard position, he can play off ball. I love his game.”


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