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Celtics honoring Bill Russell on opening night

Q. You’re honoring Bill Russell on opening night against the 76ers. Can you share anything about what’s been planned? Wyc Grousbeck. “We’re planning a celebration and we’re in consultation with his widow and his family, and there are sensitivities to doing anything over the top. But we’re going to be honoring Bill Russell. It’s not clear whether the family wants a large celebration. It’s not a knock on Boston or the Celtics. It just feels like they’re not sure what feels right at this point. “But we’ll definitely be honoring Bill on opening night, and we plan to have some imagery on the court and something memorializing him on the uniform. But it’s still under discussion. We’re very focused on doing what we can, but we want to make sure the family is happy.”
Two national titles at USF. Eleven NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. Five-time Most Valuable Player. First Black head coach in the NBA. Humanitarian. Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. And to start it all right there in West Oakland: McClymonds High School class of 1952. McClymonds honored Bill Russell in a brief ceremony before Friday night’s season-opening football game against Bellarmine. Russell, one of the most prolific winners in sports history, died July 31 at age 88.