Netflix to Stream Doc on Basketball Great Bill Russell

An untitled documentary about the life and legacy of basketball great Bill Russell is heading to Netflix.

From director Sam Pollard (MLK/FBICitizen Ashe) and producers Larry Gordon (Field of DreamsDie Hard), Ross Greenburg (Magic & Bird: A Courtship of RivalsMiracle) and Mike Richardson (Hellboy, “The Umbrella Academy”), the film will feature exclusive interviews with Russell as well as access to his  personal archives.

One of the greatest champions in the history of American sports and a Civil Rights icon, Russell had the humblest of beginnings and went on to lead each and every one of his basketball teams to Championships — two California State High School Championships, two back-to-back NCAA titles, a Gold Medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, and 11 championship titles in his 13-year career as a Boston Celtic (his last two as the first Black Head Coach in NBA history, while still playing for the Celtics).

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