Bill Russell hospitalized because of dehydration

Bill Russell
Bill Russell is greeted at his seat before Game 1 between the Celtics and 76ers. –AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Celtics legend Bill Russell was taken to a Seattle-area hospital Friday night because of dehydration, but was released and back home on Saturday.

TMZ initially reported on Saturday that Russell, 84, had “apparent heart issues’’ and shortness of breath, and that an ambulance was called to his home. The report was later updated to indicate dehydration was the problem.

Russell provided an update via his verified Twitter account.

“Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts, yes I was taken to the hospital last night & as my wife likes to remind me I don’t drink enough. On my way home & as most my friends know I don’t have a heart to give me trouble,’’ Russell wrote.

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Russell, who won 11 NBA championships during his NBA career from 1956-69, played his entire career in Boston.

He attended Game 1 of the Celtics-76ers playoff series in April.

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