John Russell (basketball)

John "Honey" Russell (May 31, 1902 – November 15, 1973) was an American basketball player and coach born in Brooklyn, New York. He turned professional after his sophomore year of high school, playing for numerous early 20th century pro teams, including many in the American Basketball League. His career included over 3,200 pro games (a number that would take a modern NBA player 30–40 years to equal).

In addition, he coached and managed for over 30 years, in all of the professional leagues in existence during his career. He was the first coach of the NBA's Boston Celtics (1946–1948).[1] He also coached at Seton Hall University

In 1964, Russell was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Russell also was a scout in professional baseball, working for the Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos and Chicago White Sox.[2]


  1. "Boston Celtics Coaches". Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  2. Associated Press, November 16, 1973

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