The Big-Man Still Rules The NBA: How Texas Is Proving The Value Of A Front Court Stalwart

The big-man is central to the rich history of the NBA. The1960s were dominated by Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, who gave way to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Moses Malone in the 1970s. The 1980s and 1990s gave NBA fans more quality front court players than in the previous two decades – and with much diversity […]
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Boston’s Other Sports Stars

Boston’s contributions to sports history are hard to ignore. Names like Bill Russell, Larry Bird, David Ortiz, Bobby Orr, Tom Brady and Ted Williams have set records and made contributions to their respective games that will endure forever; in doing so they have made Boston sports fans some of the most loyal in the world. The superstars of Boston sports have set the bar for...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Russell Game-Worn Celtics Jersey Fetches $98,000 At Auction

It’s been 46 years since Bill Russell last suited up for the Boston Celtics, but his jersey still (understandably) is in high demand. One of the NBA legend’s game-worn Celtics jerseys recently sold at an auction for $98,525. In addition, a Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts jersey fetched the same amount, and a Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors jersey sold for $108,378. Russell...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: An inside draft day look at an incompetent franchise at work (Spoiler: It's the Kings)

If you think you could do a better job running a NBA franchise than some teams do, you very likely could. Here's a video from last Summer of the Kings botching their 2014 draft. Step one of having a poor front office is the presence of a meddling owner. Why does Vivek Ranadivé seem to have at least if not more say than the team's general manager Pete D’Alessandro does with who...
Via Celtics Life
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Position-less basketball and the New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony The 2015 NBA Finals validated the characterization of the NBA as a “guard-driven” league. Gone are the days of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Ewing, and Shaquille O’Neal who, while great, were largely unable to find consistent success outside of the paint. Today’s NBA values players who can produce from almost anywhere on the...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Russell presents Bill Russell Finals MVP award to Andre Iguodala

After the Warriors closed out the Cavs 105-97 to win the title last night, Bill Russell appeared on stage to present the NBA Finals MVP trophy (that's named after him) to Andre Iguodala. #AndreIguodala accepts the #NBAFinals #MVP from the legendary #BillRussell — TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 17, 2015 Bill Russell and @andre. #NBAFinals
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Andre Iguodala Wins NBA Finals MVP After His Selfless, Transformative Season in Golden State

As Bill Russell congratulated Andre Iguodala on winning perhaps the most improbable NBA Finals MVP award in more than 30 years, I recalled Iguodala’s lone season in Denver two years ago, when he was eliminated prematurely by the younger version of a team that, two years later, would transform his career. The youngest iteration of the current Golden State Warriors ended the George...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Andre Iguodala Wins Bill Russell Award As NBA Finals Most Valuable Player

It’s the moment Philadelphia 76ers fans have been waiting 11 seasons for: Andre Iguodala is the MVP of the NBA Finals. Unfortunately for Philly, the moment came three seasons and two teams too late. Iguodala, 31, won the Bill Russell Award as Finals MVP after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals 105-97...
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Graphic Shows Best NBA Players By Number; 12 Former Celtics Make List (Photo)

If you need to be reminded of the Boston Celtics’ history of greatness, then look no further than Mitchell & Ness’ latest jersey graphic. The clothing company compiled a list of the greatest NBA players by jersey number, spanning from Robert Parish’s No. 00 to Minneapolis Lakers legend George Mikan’s No. 99. Twelve former Celtics made the cut...
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Russell voices over Curry MVP ad

The real GOAT lent his distinctive pipes to Under Armour’s ad congratulating Steph Curry on his MVP. I love Russ… and I love the Curry pick for MVP. I’m gladly jumping aboard the Dubs bandwagon for the rest of these playoffs. That’s a fun squad to watch.
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Anthony Davis the next Bill Russell?

Comparing any young big man to Bill Russell is a mistake. Russell is a legend, the most successful basketball player in the history of the universe. New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis understands this, but also appreciates all that Russell did in the past so that he could achieve all he's probably about to in the future."I'm more focused on Golden State, what they're trying...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics' play-by-play man Mike Gorman goes against the grain, picks the Celts in six over Cleveland

Anyone who has followed the Celtics for the last few decades, realizes how much of a homer Tommy Heinsohn is. The C's legend, and color commentator, has compared former C's player Greg Steimsma to Bill Russell, The 80-year old Heinsohn, even put Evan Turner in the same sentence as Paul Pierce and Reggie Lewis.So it's easy to say Heinsohn sees things through green goggles. But even...
Via Celtics Life
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Beast from the Northeast ‘1957 Boston Celtics’ Tee

Saluting the 1957 Boston Celtics squad that began the tradition of dominating NBA basketball. This solid tee designed by artist Kevin Zwirble of Beast From the Northeast apparel, features the legendary starting five of Bill Russell, Tommy Heinsohn, Bill Sharman, Jim Loscutoff, and Bob Cousy. Cop one now over at The post Beast from the Northeast...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Cousy compares Hassan Whiteside to Bill Russell

Well, it seems like the Florida sun is starting to get to 86-year old Celtics' legend Bob Cousy. In an article written by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette's Bill Doyle, Cousy compares Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside to none other than NBA-legend Bill Russell:I have never said this in the 40 years since I retired. But he is the first big guy, not (Patrick) Ewing, (Hakeem) Olajuwon...
Via Celtics Life
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics legend Bob Cousy: Hassan Whiteside first player to remind me of Bill Russell

NBA Hall of Famer and Celtics legend Bob Cousy played with the indomitable Bill Russell for seven seasons in Boston. The two won six rings together. When discussions about the greatest player in NBA history arise, Cousy naturally sides with Russell. No big man in the league since has even held a passing resemblance to Russell's dominance on the glass and on defense. No one, that...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Cousy: Heat’s Hassan Whiteside First Player To Remind Me Of Bill Russell

You won’t find a bigger Hassan Whiteside fan than Bob Cousy. Yes, the Bob Cousy. The Boston Celtics legend and Basketball Hall of Famer recently bestowed Whiteside, the Miami Heat’s breakout big man, with the highest of compliments: a comparison of his game to that of the one and only Bill Russell. “I have never said this in the 40 years since I retired,” Cousy told Bill...
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

BHN: Welcome to March Ohio State Basketball

Basketball in the month of March was never meant to be pretty. At this point of the year, even championship caliber teams cannot lean on merit alone. COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 1: D’Angelo Russell #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after Kam Williams #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes hit a pair of free throws to seal Ohio State’s comeback victory over the Purdue Boilermakers...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

HBCU Gameday Presents: Pre-1960 HBCU Hoops All-Star Team

We've Sam Jones, North Carolina CollegeA five-time NBA All-Star, Sam Jones has 10 NBA Championship rings, second only to former teammate Bill Russell. Before coming to the Celtics, Jones played his college ball at North Carolina College, now  known as North Carolina Central. Originally recruited to by John McLendon, Jones scored over 1,7000 points in his college career, which was...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

The Top 10 NBA Draft Classes of All Time

Comparing NBA draft classes can sometimes be an exercise in frustration, due to different opinions and perspectives that clash along the way. There’s no one right answer here, but unfortunately for the Cleveland Cavaliers, only one of these drafts truly was groundbreaking for them. Here is one look at the top 10 draft classes in NBA history starting with number 10: 10. 1956 ...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA x Martin Luther King Jr. Day ‘Barrier Breakers’ Commercial

In addition to celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a slew of matinee games that extend right into the evening. The NBA released a great commercial focused on the league’s barrier breakers. Such as Charlie Cooper (first black player in the NBA), Bill Russell (leagues first black head coach), Violet Palmer (first female referee) and all the athletes from around the world...
Via Hooped Up
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Russell ‘Celtics Icon’ Caricature Art

Before the Boston Celtics had the “Big Three” and “Big Three 2.0.” They had the icon Bill Russell in the middle, who carried the C’s on his back to 11 NBA titles as a player and coach. Russell also picked up 5 MVP’s, 12 all-star selections, and was also named to the 50th anniversary team. Was he the best center of all-time? Maybe. Was he the best player to put on a Boston...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Stat Exploration: Both Offense and Defense Affect Title Odds

One of the most famous cliches in basketball is that defense wins championships. That’s the type of statement that usually gets hacked to death by those wielding advanced-stats swords, but analysis has found time and again that the statement could be valid. With a Cleveland team dreaming of bringing a title home lacking defense but with a potentially killer offense, and a sleeping...
Via Analytics Game
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Russell’s Uncanny Winning Ability Only Part Of His Greatness (Photos)

There’s more to Bill Russell than just his eye-popping career statistics and 11 NBA championships. Yes, the Boston Celtics legend was an absolute freak of nature on the basketball court, but his off-court life wasn’t without its challenges. Russell was the victim of a significant amount of racism throughout his playing days. This resulted in his resentment toward not only the...
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: Bill Russell shows off his athleticism

You can take Wilt, Kareem, or Shaq. I'll take Bill Russell for my team.
Via Celtics Life
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Cavs Coach David Blatt on Returning Home to Boston to Face Celtics

Rookie head coach David Blatt makes his return to Boston. The Framingham native discussed coming home and even compared LeBron James to Bill Russell.
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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