Celtics legend and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell collapsed at a corporate speaking engagement in Lake Tahoe, but the Celtics said he is expected to be OK.
The team told WBZ-TV that Russell, 80, is expected to to fly from Lake Tahoe later Thursday.
First-hand accounts said Russell collapsed on stage at the Konica Minolta event at the Hyatt Regency resort at Incline Village and was taken to a local hospital, but remained conscious.
Prayers for Bill Russell, he just collapsed on stage while speaking to our company. #shocked— Christopher Martin (@cmartin4534) July 17, 2014
Russell, named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, won 11 titles, including nine in a row, in 13 seasons with the Celtics from 1956-1969, A five-time MVP, a statue was erected of him in Boston last November. In 2009, the NBA re-named the NBA Finals MVP award in his honor.