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Post from Bill Russell’s X account during NBA Finals left fans confused

Bill Russell giving a speech

Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; NBA legend Bill Russell speaks during a special tribute to him during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game Legends Brunch at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics fans received the shock of a lifetime on Sunday when several of them saw activity from a social media account belonging to the late Bill Russell.

Russell’s account on X posted a three-word message just minutes after the start of Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Dallas Mavericks at TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

“LET [sic] GO CELTICS!!” the post read.

The post understandably perplexed some of Russell’s nearly 200,000 followers on X given that the Celtics icon died in July 2022.

The mystery went on for a few hours before the account made a follow-up post. The initial post was apparently made by Russell’s widow Jeannine Russell.

“To everyone who has reached out to this post. This is Bill’s wife. Please stay tuned for some exciting announcements on Building my husband’s legacy, and other amazing projects. Another great win tonight for the [Celtics] Brown or Holiday #BillRussellMVPFinalsAward,” the follow-up post read.

Russell is best known for having the most championship rings in NBA history. He led Boston to its first 11 titles across a 12-year span from 1957 to 1969.

Following a solid 105-98 win in Game 2, the modern-day Celtics are now just two wins away from raising up a championship banner of their own.

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