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Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA united against racial divide

"I think it's pretty obvious. Our league is made up of a lot of black guys. To honor that and understand it is pretty simplistic. How would you ignore that?" - Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs It's All-Star Weekend for the NBA, but much of the media focus this week has been on Black History Month and the league's relationship to the monthlong celebration. It all started on Monday...
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February 16, 2018  |  Discuss

Bill Russell defends Paul Pierce over Isaiah Thomas controversy

Boston Celtics all-time great Bill Russell is weighing in on perhaps the strangest controversy involving the team in recent memory.The 11-time champion commented on Thursday about Paul Pierce’s objections to Isaiah Thomas getting a video tribute from the Celtics on the night of Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony. Responding to a segment discussing the matter on Kevin Garnett’s ...
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January 19, 2018  |  Discuss

Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seen courtside for Kobe’s jersey retirement

A number of celebrities and Lakers legends were at Staples Center for Kobe Bryant’s retirement ceremony at halftime of Monday night’s game against the Warriors.That included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell, who were shown sitting courtside at one point during the game. Abdul-Jabbar appeared to be speaking his mind at the time, with the woman next to him clearly enjoying the conversation.
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December 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Bill Russell wants kneeling NFL players to know ‘I’m with them’

NBA legend Bill Russell made a strong statement on social media this week when he shared a photo of himself kneeling with the Presidential Medal of Freedom draped around his neck. The message was clear, but the 11-time NBA champion is willing to spell it out.“I’m with them.”In an interview with ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Russell explained that he wanted NFL players who are bringing...
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September 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Bill Russell: ‘Tell those NFL players, I’m with them’

To say Bill Russell’s debut on social media earlier this week was an auspicious one would be a drastic understatement. The NBA legend earlier this week tweeted out his support for NFL players protesting the national anthem and the post quickly went viral.The now-famous social media dispatch featured a photograph of himself kneeling with a Presidential Medal of Freedom draped around...
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September 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Bill Russell’s first-ever tweet addresses social injustice

Celtics legend Bill Russell has long avoided joining social media, but he came out of the woodwork Monday to voice his opinion about social injustice.Russell posted a photo of himself wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom — which was given to him in 2011 by former President Barack Obama — while taking a knee. It stands as the first tweet he ever sent from his Twitter account...
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September 26, 2017  |  Discuss

Bill Russell trolls Shaq, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ‘I would kick your ass’

Bill Russell received one of the biggest honors an NBA player can get at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Russell, usually a serious person, surprised us all after receiving the prestigious award with a great zinger. He was joined on stage by some of the best centers the league has ever seen, and it speaks volumes that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo...
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June 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Bill Russell delivers epic line after winning NBA lifetime achievement award

Bill Russell may be the greatest player to ever suit up for a game in the history of the NBA. After being presented with the NBA’s lifetime achievement award Monday night, he let some fellow Hall of Famers know it, too.Russell was joined on stage by Shaquille O’Neal, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and David Robinson at the NBA Awards. A better group of big men you’ll never find...
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June 26, 2017  |  Discuss

CC Sabathia, others come forward to detail racist taunts in Boston

In the wake of Baltimore Orioles’ outfielder Adam Jones being taunted with racial slurs, including the N-word Monday night at Fenway Park, Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia shared his own experiences with the Boston faithful with reporters.“I’ve never been called the N-word [anywhere but Boston],” said Sabathia, per Erik Boland of Newsday. “There’s 62 [black Major Leaguers]. We all know...
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May 02, 2017  |  Discuss

Box Score 4/18: Avoiding the Capital gains tax in OT

Want more news first thing in the day? Sign up for the Yardbarker Morning Bark newsletter here.Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading between approximately 18 NHL postseason overtime games. At least we know the Capitals are avoid a gains tax.(Sorry, not sorry for that one.)Happy birthday today to Miguel Cabrera, Scott Hartnell and Nate Archibald. On this...
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April 18, 2017  |  Discuss

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