NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell Released from Hospital After Dehydration Scare

FILE – In this April 9, 2014, file photo, Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell takes part in the “Sports and Race: Leveling the Playing Field” panel during the Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas. Russell has been released from a Seattle hospital after an overnight stay for an unknown condition. Russell confirmed on Twitter Saturday, May 19, 2018, that he went to the hospital late Friday but does not say why. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)

Basketball legend Bill Russell was rushed to a hospital in Seattle on Friday night as a result of dehydration, but said on social media Saturday that he was released after an overnight visit and batted down reports that heart issues led to his hospitalization.

Russell wrote on Twitter: “Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts, yes I was taken to the hospital last night & as my wife likes to remind me I don’t drink enough. On my way home & as most my friends know I don’t have a heart to give me trouble.”

TMZ Sports initially reported that the 84-year-old Hall of Famer was taken in an ambulance to the hospital due to heart complications and shortness of breath. The Celtics later told media outlets that Russell was kept overnight as a precaution, and that dehydration was behind the scare.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Scott Gleeson