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Video: Watch Bill Russell get the Medal of Freedom

Feb 15, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients Getty Images

Celtics legend Bill Russell was given Medal of Freedom today at the White House by President Barack Obama.

Here is what Obama had to say about Russell:

“Bill Russell, the man, is someone who stood up for the rights and dignity of all men. He marched with King; he stood by Ali. When a restaurant refused to serve the black Celtics, he refused to play in the scheduled game. He endured insults and vandalism, but he kept on focusing on making the teammates who he loved better players, and made possible the success of so many who would follow. And I hope that one day, in the streets of Boston, children will look up at a statue built not only to Bill Russell the player, but Bill Russell the man.”



  1. thestudiokida - Feb 15, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Yeah yeah Bill Russell is a great man. Where’s the video of the Wade/James 90-foot alley-oop?

  2. thestudiokida - Feb 15, 2011 at 10:15 PM

  3. hnirobert3 - Feb 16, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    I know this is ProBasketballTalk, but where’s the video of Stan the Man getting his Medal? Great, great man.

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