Bill Russell Rumors
Onlinegambling.com analyzed over 400,000 tweets containing the phrase ‘GOAT’ and the goat emoji, and according to the study, Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell has the highest percentage of mentions that tie back to the “GOAT” phrase. They did this for every major sport. “During May 2021, we scraped and analyzed over 400,000 tweets containing the phrase ‘GOAT’ and the goat emoji,” according to the study. “We then created a seed list of athletes who are widely considered by sources to be the greatest in their field. We then cleaned our initial list for errors and looked at the frequency to which these athletes appeared, using the resulting percentage as the basis for the GOAT %.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Class: Players: Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Ben Wallace; Coaches: Rick Adelman, Jay Wright, Bill Russell. WNBA: Yolanda Griffith, Lauren Jackson. International Committee: Toni Kukoc
Can you take me back to when you were doing this difficult work during your career? It seems like something, given what was going on at the time with the fight for civil rights, that would take an unbelievable amount of courage given what was at stake. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: It takes courage. But look at the people that went before me: Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Jackie Robinson. They had to deal with stuff that was a lot worse than what we had to deal with. So, we can’t be afraid. We have to speak truth to power and hope that people will listen.
Fred Katz: Russell Westbrook has more triple-doubles in the last six weeks (21) than Charles Barkley, Bill Russell, Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett, Jerry West and Hakeem Olajuwon had in their entire careers.
World Peace appeared on the Fierce Talk with Ryan Garcia podcast where they talked about everything and anything hoops. Among the topics they discussed was the never-ending debate on who’s the real basketball GOAT. The standard for many is the number of titles won. Taking this similar logic, World Peace believes that Russell is the GOAT and not the Chicago Bulls legend. “I think Bill Russell is (the GOAT), honestly. Bill Russell got 11 championships. I look at Michael as one of the greatest. But I think Bill Russell is the greatest. When you can win in your era. That’s what it’s about. Winning in your era. And nobody dominated like that. Not even Michael Jordan.”
A nervous Rick Welts knocked on Bill Russell’s door in Seattle 10 years ago to ask a huge favor. The longtime NBA executive wanted the Hall of Fame center to do a rare interview on his behalf regarding the news that he was coming out as gay. While Russell is known for disliking media interviews, the 11-time NBA champion said without hesitation that he would help his old friend.