Big UP to NBA for making this great decision. Starting this year NBA Finals MVP will be called Bill Russell’s NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. Russell, who played 13 seasons and played until 1969 was never named MVP due to the award not starting until that year. But during his career, Bill Russell won 11 championships as player/coach. What’s amazing, the Boston Celtics didn’t win a championship before and after he retired .. not until I think 1974-1975.