Russell, 83, led the Boston Celtics to 11 championships—including 8 straight titles—between 1957 and 1969 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
— NBA (@NBA) June 15, 2017
From the press release:
The NBA and Turner today announced Bill Russell – a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and 11-time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics – will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the first-ever NBA Awards on TNT, airing Monday, June 26, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Among his numerous athletic achievements, Russell was the first player to win an NBA Championship, a college title and an Olympic Gold Medal. A civil rights pioneer, Russell became the first African American to coach a professional sports team (1966) and win a championship when he guided the Celtics to back-to-back titles (1968 and 1969).