The NBA community is mourning the passing of one of its all-time greats, 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell, a former star forward for the Boston Celtics. Russell’s family sent a statement.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Issues a Statement NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement praising Russell’s “immense impact on our league and broader society.”

Statement From the Boston Celtics As a tribute to Russell’s famous jersey number, the Boston Celtics organization has changed its official Twitter profile image to a No. 6

Reactions From Current and Former Blazers Clyde Drexler reacted to Russel’s death by praising his world-class talent, humor, and intelligence, according to KHOU-TV sportscaster Matt Musil.

NBA analyst Greg Anthony tweeted about Russell’s groundbreaking influence on the game’s defense, particularly in the 1980s.

Anfernee Simons, a 23-year-old current Blazer, tweeted a brief tribute to Russell, indicating how the new generation understands what he means to the sport.

Michael Jordan, the chairman of the Charlotte Hornets and the league’s all-time leading scorer, wrote about how Bill Russell paved the way for players like him.

10 years after Russell’s retirement, Earvin Magic Johnson began his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Jordan’s statement on Russell’s influence on future generations resonated with him.

Celtic Jaylen Brown led Boston to its first NBA Finals appearance in 12 years. He sent condolences and a photo to the family of his franchise’s most deserving winner.

In the wake of Russell’s death, one of Boston’s most recognizable fans, sports media personality and founder of The Ringer Bill Simmons, appeared to be in disbelief.