Basketball legend Bill Russell asks $2.6M for Seattle home
Hall-of-famer bought house while coaching Seattle Supersonics in the 1970s
The Seattle Supersonics are long gone, but the house of its most famous coach is still around — and is now for sale.
Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell has listed the modest Seattle spread for $2.6 million.
The former NBA player and coach bought the property when he coached the Supersonics in the mid-1970s, according to the Los Angeles Times. The team later became the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The property is outside the city limits of Seattle on Mercer Island, a roughly 13-square-mile island in Lake Washington and one of the most affluent communities in the country.
The 4,250-square-foot house was built in 1973 and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms on 0.4 acres.
The home appears newly renovated, but retains some of its original features, including wood-paneled walls and built-in bookshelves. The main level includes a wraparound deck.
The primary suite has a huge bathroom with skylights, a soaking tub, a hot tub and an open shower, presumably large enough to accommodate someone at least 6-foot-9.
The 11-time NBA champion played from the mid-1950s through the late 1960s, earning five MVP honors and 12 All-Star appearances, among numerous other accolades.
He started coaching the Boston Celtics as a player-coach in 1966 and later coached the Sacramento Kings as well as the Sonics. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and coach.
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