Bill Russell Rumors
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).
“The general manager that traded for me was Bill Russell, which was ironic,” Ainge said. “I enjoyed my time in Sacramento. I felt like we were an up-and-coming team. I felt like the Celtics team was on its way down. Larry was in two casts with double Achilles’ tendon surgery. Kevin had the broken foot, and D.J. and Robert were aging a little bit. It turned out to be the best thing for me. I had a fun one year in Sacramento, but it was disappointing with all the injuries we had. “The No. 1 pick in the draft was Pervis Ellison and he went from ‘never nervous Pervis’ to ‘out of service Pervis.’ Broken foot, couldn’t play. Tisdale was holding out for a contract. Kenny Smith was traded. We had a solid foundation that could have been pretty good that sort of fell apart, and the next year I’m traded to Portland.”
Charles Barkley: “I have told you guys the five greatest players in my opinion: Michael [Jordan], Oscar Robertson, Wilt [Chamberlain], Bill Russell and Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar]. Then it’s Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. Then LeBron is right there. I don’t understand why ya’ll are in such a hurry to move him past Tim Duncan and Kobe. Now if he wins a couple of more championships, I might move him past Kobe and Tim Duncan. You guys always talk about championships. Kobe and Tim have five. LeBron has three…LeBron is amazing. But only in the bulls— of today’s society could I say a guy is one of the eight greatest players ever and it’s an insult to him. That’s crazy. If LeBron wins a couple of more championships I will move him past Tim Duncan and Kobe.