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On a monumental day of speeches and tributes from some of the greatest legends in the NBA and African-American community, Bill Russell stole the show with a riveting and breathtaking half-hour speech. Since you don't have a half hour, we boiled it down to eight minutes of one of the greatest Americans ever. CLNS Radio's Jared Weiss then spoke to Celtics legend Bill Walton about his friendship with Russell and having breakfast with Russell Friday morning. Filmed and produced by Kyle George for CLNS Radio.
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Celtics legend and 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell was honored with a statue at City Hall Plaza in Boston on Friday during a private unveiling ceremony.
This sort of moment was long overdue, but it’s great to have a statue of Russell in Boston so current and future generations of sports fans can learn about his extraordinary basketball career and the amazing charitable work...
Just caught this pic on Twitter. Bill Russell statue being unveiled at Boston City Hall Plaza. If any athlete deserves homage, this is the dude.
Celtic loving on a Knicks blog? If I gotta explain this one, you don't know much about basketball and what brings out the best in competition. Great competition. Nor do you know much about basketball and performing at a high...
Our friends at CLNS Radio have been posting some great stuff and if you haven't checked them out, be sure to. They had great coverage of the Bill Russell statue unveiling and have a great post game show after every Celtics game where you can call in and discuss the game and the Celtics in genera.
I'm not sure that there has ever been a player as special as Bill Walton...
A legendary lineup of sports royalty and political powerhouses honored Celtics legend Bill Russell as a basketball player, man and civil rights leader who forged a path into sports and national lore and, ultimately, to the south side of City Hall Plaza, where a statue was unveiled yesterday commemorating the towering Hall of Famer.
“This is a guy we can all be proud of,” Mayor...
It's about time.
If there's any athlete in the history of Bostons sports that has deserved a statue the most, it's Bill ******* Russell.
The man who brought this city 11 championship rings, and got no thanks for it, has finally had his day. It took a lot to convince the bitter Russell who dealt with a racist Boston in the 50s and 60s to come back to the city for it...
Here is the full text of Bill Russell‘s speech at the ceremony for his statue unveiling on Friday:
“What’s this all about?
I went to this thing with the Boy Scouts, a bunch of Eagle Scouts, and during the question and answer period one of the kids asked me, what is your proudest achievement? Living to be 75.
I’ve been thinking about what to say. I’ll start out by saying...
Update: Due to the weather the public ceremony unveiling will now be a closed private event. Media will be able to shoot the private unveiling from 1- 1:30 p.m. on City Hall Plaza.
BOSTON — It’s a day to honor another of Boston’s greatest sports champions.
A statue of former Celtics star Bill Russell is scheduled to be unveiled Friday at City Hall Plaza at 2 p.m.
BOSTON — The applause might have gone on forever, if not for Bill Russell cutting it off.
“Enough of that,” he said.
With that, the dozens in attendance at a ceremony in his honor ceased their clapping and cheering. It was a reminder that the giant on stage may have just unveiled a statue that was at least a foot taller than he was, but that the man himself remained larger...
If you were planning on heading to City Hall Plaza on Friday November 1, 2013 for the unveiling of the Bill Russell statue, save your trip in town for the Red Sox parade this weekend. Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe reported earlier this evening that the unveiling has been moved to a private location due to expected inclement weather:
Due to expected inclement weather, the ceremony...
Bill Russell is in Boston this week to celebrate the long-overdue unveiling of a statue erected in his honor. The statue remained hidden under a tent before Friday’s unveiling ceremony at City Hall, and out of the public’s view — save for a handful of Very Important People. One of those important people was President Barack Obama, who was last seen with Russell in 2010, draping...
Lost in much of the Red Sox championship hoopla was the unveiling of the long, I mean REALLY LONG, overdue statue for NBA Hall Of Famer Bill Russell. Click here to give this living legend his due.
Can you imagine having these per game stats on your fantasy squad:
22.5 rebounds, 15.1 points and 7 blocks*
Those were Russell's CAREER averages. Sadly, blocks(*) were not an official...
Is it just me, or is Sully not that into Russell's time on the stage? I thought it would have been cool if this happened last season with KG around. They both have a great chemistry when their around each other. The crowd was great, but the current Celtics didn't look into it.
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As the NBA launched the long-awaited SportsVu player movement tracking data to the public Friday, CLNS Radio caught up with the architect of the program, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, at the Bill Russell Statue Unveiling Ceremony in Boston. Silver discussed the decision to make the data public and how he envisions this new tool will change the way NBA players are evaluated...
Have you ever wondered what Michael Jordan would be like without his six championship rings? Would he still be the greatest player ever? What about Bill Russell, he has 11 championships, would he still be considered a legend? Well, no doubt both of these player would, but this article will talk about how rings can change ...The post Do Rings Make The Player? appeared first on The League News.
Earlier today, USA president Barack Obama was in attendance at a statue unveiling for legendary Celtics great, Bill Russell.
Thanks to Pete Souza of the White House, we have this touching picture of Obama giving Russell a huge hug while the statue is seen in the foreground:
President Obama hugs Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell after viewing his statue in Boston earlier this week...