Bill Russell Rumors
Jerry West wasn’t surprised he could safely stand in the shadow of his teammate, Elgin Baylor, and endure what he called one of the scariest moments of his playing career, that threatened All-Star Game boycott in 1964. “The thing I took from it the most,” West said of the threatened All-Star Game, “Elgin, Bill Russell right there, Oscar. Being naive the way I grew up in West Virginia, the owner coming in, oh my god, and I’m thinking I will never play again. We walk out onto the court to play and I think, What did he just say? But for Elgin, in particular, the black athletes, they had to be crusaders in this league and in many cases were vilified for it. The people I most admire at this point in my life…. I wish I did have the courage then to be more forceful, but I may not have been the one to do it. But I damn sure wasn’t going to play that game. To think that day would change the landscape of a league that really was just starting to grow. Would it be a setback?
Bill Russell: Sadden to hear of the passing of fellow @celtics #Justin Reed, he was to young to leave so soon. Our thoughts & 🙏🏾 are with his family #NBA
“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.