NBA legend Bill Russell lists Mercer Island home

by Liz Economou

Bill Russell, legendary NBA Hall of Famer and former coach of the Seattle Supersonics, has listed his home in Mercer Island for $2.6 million. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 12-time All-Star, Russell spent five decades in the 4,250-square-foot classic mid-century home.

“I was offered the head coaching job with the Sonics in 1974. When I took the job, I was a single parent and chose Mercer Island because it had the best schools in the Pacific Northwest,” Russell told the Puget Sound Business Journal by email, recently. He went on to coach the Sonics for four years.

“The house was not built for me,” he added. “I was actually looking at the house next door, but it was not private enough. I not only purchased this house but the two lots above me for the added privacy, and a number of years ago sold them but still maintained my privacy here at the house.”

Recently renovated, Russell’s modest estate boasts four bedrooms, a four-car garage and ample privacy — as well as timeless memorabilia. Russell, who is 87, also leaves behind his trophy case and an autographed ball for the next owner, according to reporting from the Business Journal.

With 11 Boston Celtics championships in 13 seasons, Russell is considered by many the greatest player in NBA history — though Michael Jordan fans may beg to differ.

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