Bill Russell Rumors
“The early Celtics from the ’60s with Bill Russell, Havlicek, Cousy and Sam Jones, that was the first Big Three. So it goes further back from that. “To LeBron, I appreciate the comment, but it went further back than Phi Slama Jama or the Houston Rockets.”
Bill Russell — an 11-time champion, five-time MVP, Olympic gold medalist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient — will receive the NBA’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural NBA Awards show later this month, the league announced Thursday.
The Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award went to Kevin Durant, but Quip of the Night goes to Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr. During the trophy presentation, when asked about incorporating the brilliant Durant into his already-talented roster this season, Kerr replied, “Well, we had very little talent actually. It was all coaching.”
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.