The 30 greatest players turned coaches

[post_page_title]Bill Russell[/post_page_title]
Bill Russell is a special case. The player turned coach became a coach while still a player. After Red Auerbach retired at the end of the 1965-66 season, Russell became a player-coach for the Celtics and by doing so became the first African-American coach in the NBA. That first season Boston won 60 games, but for the first time in a decade, they didn’t make the Finals. The following two seasons, they were back to winning. After Russell retired as a player, he went on to coach the Seattle SuperSonics and spent a season with Sacramento.
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