The Maurice Lucas Foundation joins the Russell family in mourning the loss of the incomparable Bill Russell

The Maurice Lucas Foundation joins the Russell family and basketball fans around the world in mourning the passing of the incomparable Bill Russell.

Mr. Russell was one of the greatest basketball players ever at the college, Olympic and professional levels, thanks to his superior intelligence, skills and strength.

Mr. Russell was also a friend of the late NBA great Maurice Lucas (1952-2010). Ever since the Lucas family and others started the Maurice Lucas Foundation, Mr. Russell had been a loyal supporter of our efforts. His involvement with our organization no doubt helped attract others to support our cause.

There will probably never be another basketball player who will match the achievements of Mr. Russell, an 11-time NBA champion. But as we grieve his passing, we can all continue to strive to match Mr. Russell’s spirit of community involvement and helping others.

“R.I.P. to my dear friend Bill Russell. I am so incredibly fortunate for all the time and experiences I got to have with Bill and will forever always be better for it.”🥰

– David Lucas, Executive Director, Maurice Lucas Foundation

About the Maurice Lucas Foundation

The Foundation is named in honor of the late Maurice Lucas (1952-2010), the leading scorer on the 1977 NBA champion Trail Blazers team. Besides his outstanding achievements on the court, Lucas also selflessly gave his time and energy to Portland youth. Since its formation in 2010, the Maurice Lucas Foundation has served thousands of students and families through its Academy program, basketball camps and teams.

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