Basketball great Bill Russell released from hospital

ABS-CBN Sports on May 20, 2018 07:32 AM
Basketball great Bill Russell released from hospital
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012, file photo, former Boston Celtic Bill Russell, center, receives a standing ovation after being introduced prior to the Celtics' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell has been released from a Seattle hospital after an overnight stay for an unknown condition.

Russell confirmed on Twitter on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) that he went to the hospital late Friday (Saturday, PHL time). He doesn’t say why.

Russell says in the light-hearted message, “As my wife likes to remind me, I don’t drink enough.”

He thanked fans for their concern and appeared to dismiss reports that the hospital visit was due to heart troubles.

Russell says in the message that his friends “know I don’t have a heart to give me trouble.”

The hospitalization was initially reported by TMZ, which said it was for dehydration.

The 84-year-old basketball great was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.

He was an 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and won five NBA MVP awards.

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