51-Years-Ago Bill Russell Led The Way

It was 51-years-ago today Hall of Famer Bill Russell became the NBA’s first black head coach when he was designated as player-coach of the Boston Celtics.

In his coaching debut he led the Celtics to a 121-113 win over the San Francisco Warriors at Boston Garden. Russell, who coached Boston for three seasons, led the Celtics to a pair of NBA titles in 1968 and 1969.