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(Reuters) - Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell was hospitalized after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, but is "okay", the Boston Celtics said on Thursday.
"He is okay and scheduled to fly out tonight," a spokeswoman for the National Basketball Association team told Reuters via email.
The 80-year-old won 11 NBA championships with the Celtics between 1956-69. He earned five league most valuable player honors and the NBA Finals MVP award is named in his honor.
Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury