Bill Russell Rumors
Jazz coach Quin Snyder likes the Russell-Gobert comparison, especially in light of how crucial Russell was to his team’s success on the defensive end. “I think it’s a great comparison,” Snyder said. “I grew up watching Bill Russell when he was in Seattle even after Boston. I admire him on many levels. I’d like Rudy to continue to grow into the man that Bill Russell is too.”
Gobert, whose team continues its four-game Midwestern road trip Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls, believes that’s an emulation worth striving for. “That’s what I try to do every day,” Gobert said when asked about that off-the-court aspect.
Shane Battier (former NBA player): I remember getting the invitation to go to the President’s [49th] birthday party. Anytime you get a special email from the white house, you kind of hold your breath for a second. Like, What’d I do wrong? But when I opened up, it explained that the President was going to have a basketball birthday party, no different than my eight-year-old son. And I thought, “Wow, this is sort of like being invited to the cool dude table.” You always heard about the legendary pickup games, and I was a college teammate of Reggie Love, so I think he put in a good word for me. Marty Nesbitt: Everybody was there. Chris Paul, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Grant Hill, Magic, Bill Russell, Kobe.
For the second time in his illustrious career, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has been named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. The announcement comes a day after SI named NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell as two of the three recipients for its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. James, who dug the Cavaliers out of a 3-1 hole in the NBA Finals to bring Cleveland its first major sports championship since 1964, is only the second person to win the award (which began in 1954) twice, joining Tiger Woods (1996, 2000). James also won in 2012 after winning his first NBA championship wit the Miami Heat.
NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell have been chosen as two of the three recipients for the 2016 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, SI announced Wednesday. Abdul-Jabbar and Russell — revered in the sports world for both their on-court dominance and for being outspoken advocates for social justice — will be honored alongside Cleveland Browns’ Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown during SI’s Sportsperson of the Year event on Dec. 12 at the Barclays Center.
President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday, a list that includes NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan. Considered the nation’s highest civilian honor a president can award, the medals will be presented at the White House on Nov. 22. Boston Celtics legend and 11-time champion Bill Russell is the only other NBA player who has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011).