Appreciation: Bill Russell lived a life like very few others — Boston Herald

By TIM REYNOLDS Bill Russell hated autographs. Saw no point to them. If he was out dining and got approached by someone asking for his signature, Russell’s usual response was to instead ask the person to join him at the table to have a conversation about life. 850 more words

Appreciation: Bill Russell lived a life like very few others — Boston Herald

OBF: There are the greats, and then there’s Bill Russell — Boston Herald

Bill Russell was the GOAT of GOATs. Winning is the most important characteristic any athlete can display. And Bill Russell won. At every level. He won two state championships in high school. 826 more words

OBF: There are the greats, and then there’s Bill Russell — Boston Herald

Joe Biden, Barack Obama Honor Legacy Of Celtics Legend Bill Russell — NESN.com

Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell has countless accolades on the court, but his legacy off the court will also be remembered. Russell’s family announced the death of the NBA Hall of Famer and civil rights pioneer Sunday. Everyone in the NBA world and beyond have reacted to the news, sending touching tributes to honor Russell. […]

Joe Biden, Barack Obama Honor Legacy Of Celtics Legend Bill Russell — NESN.com

Celtics Legend Bill Russell Named Basketball Hall Of Fame Finalist As Coach — NESN.com

Bill Russell is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Again. The NBA legend, most famously remembered for his legendary playing career with the Boston Celtics that already had him enshrined in Springfield back in 1975. Now, his accolades as a coach have him in consideration again. Congratulations to #21HoopClass finalist Bill […]

Celtics Legend Bill Russell Named Basketball Hall Of Fame Finalist As Coach — NESN.com

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Visited Bill Russell Statue Outside Boston City Hall — NESN.com

Sign In Jaylen Brown on Sunday afternoon was out and about in Boston, and attended a demonstration at City Hall Plaza. And while he was there, he got to admire the statue honoring Bill Russell, perhaps the greatest Boston Celtic of all time. Along with his remarkable playing career, Russell also went on to coach…

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Visited Bill Russell Statue Outside Boston City Hall — NESN.com

Bill Russell Offers Candid Comments On Protests Following Death Of George Floyd — NESN.com

Bill Russell has spoken. The Boston Celtics legend took to Twitter on Thursday and offered some candid thoughts on the protests that have been ongoing throughout the United States in the wake of the senseless death of George Floyd. Russell revealed he and his wife went to some protests that both were “impactful” and “powerful.”…

Bill Russell Offers Candid Comments On Protests Following Death Of George Floyd — NESN.com
Bill Russell has spoken.
The Boston Celtics legend took to Twitter on Thursday and offered some candid thoughts on the protests that have been ongoing throughout the United States in the wake of the senseless death of George Floyd.
Russell revealed he and his wife went to some protests that both were “impactful” and “powerful.” But for the 86-year-old, he doesn’t think this will cause “enough change.”
“My wife took me to see some of the protests,” Russell tweeted. “She said it was emotional & impactful & asked ‘Can U believe U would live through this again in your lifetime?’ I said ‘Yes, nothing had changed & we will see some change but most likely not enough.’”
He then shared a quote he shared with a newspaper back in the 1960s when he traveled to Mississippi  after civil rights activist Medgar Evers was murdered by a white supremacist. Russell, fresh off third consecutive MVP and the C’s fifth straight championship, was asked if his image potentially could be damaged because he was taking a stand against racism.
Here’s what he said:
“I’m a man. If I have to be a boy to be popular, then I don’t want it. If my popularity depends on a thing like this, I don’t give a damn.”
My wife took me to see some of the #protests she said it was emotional & impactful & asked Can U believe U would live through this again in your lifetime? I said Yes, nothing had changed & we will see some change but most likely not enough #GeorgeFloyd @MSNBC @nba @BostonGlobe pic.twitter.com/ophnSYNfgc
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 4, 2020

Powerful then and now.