NBA icon Bill Russell lists Seattle-area house – with trophy case and signed ball


Celtics legend Bill Russell is apparently looking to downsize his living quarters in his golden years.

The 11-time NBA champion has listed his 4,250-square-foot house, located on the tony Seattle-area enclave of Mercer Island, for $2.6 million.

The Basketball Hall of Famer, now 87, recently explained to the Puget Sound Business Journal that he came to own the classic mid-century modern during his coaching stint with the Seattle Supersonics.

“I was offered the head coaching job with the Sonics in 1974," he said. "When I took the job I was a single parent, and chose Mercer Island because it had the best schools in the Pacific Northwest."

Though the King County house has since been retrofitted with some personal touches for Russell, including his beloved hot tub, it wasn't built with him in mind.

"The house was not built for me. I was actually looking at the house next door, but it was not private enough. I not only purchased this house, but also 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.”

The four-bed, four-bath house is situated on the east side of the island, seemingly a stone's throw from Lake Washington. It is largely protected from prying eyes by woody surroundings, giving it the feeling of a treehouse, Russell reportedly told the Journal.

“I will miss the privacy, peaceful tranquility, the views of the lake, and most of all my hot tub,” he said.

To sweeten the pot for prospective buyers, Russell is leaving behind a trophy case, including an autographed basketball.

The living legend, who was active in the civil rights movement and became the first black head coach in league history in 1966 as a player-coach, said he and his wife Jeannine plan on traveling more, and are looking to relocate to smaller digs in the same vicinity.

Last month, Russell announced he was auctioning off a trove of memorabilia accrued during his lifetime, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting his Boston-based nonprofit, MENTOR.

You can also check out the home listing and photos on its Zillow page.

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