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Celtics to fittingly honor Bill Russell with statue

May 4, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

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It only seems fitting.

Long discussed plans for a Bill Russell statue in Boston are going to become a reality, tweets Jessica Camerato of CSN New England. It will be designed by a local artist

Russell on statue: “I am uncomfortable w honors such as this but my yrs as Capt. of the BOS Celtics were the proudest moments of my career.”

Tied to this, the Bill Russell Foundation will develop a mentoring grant program designed to help Boston youth. Which sounds like a very wise, very Bill Russell thing to do.

This is a deserved honor — Russell is arguably the greatest Celtic of them all. The defensive anchor of a team that collected rings like no other team in any other era of the NBA (Russell has 11). He’s a 12-time All-Star and 5-time MVP. He’s a living legend.

Given the Medal of Freedom and a statue in Boston… not a bad year for Russell. Not bad at all.

  1. kyleortonsarm - May 4, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    He’s no Michael Jordan thats for sure.

    • kygreen - May 5, 2011 at 10:02 AM

      You’re right, he’s no MJ. He didn’t extend his career by relying on his signature move of clearing out with his off hand. He actually had to dribble with the basketball when moving with it. He wasn’t allowed to hop with a wink from the refs and the NBA. He had to play defense. He had to play defense against Wilt Chamberlain. And win. He had to win a ring as both the starting center and the coach. He had to pass the ball. Nope, no MJ.

  2. andyhr17 - May 4, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    You’re right, he’s not. He has more rings.

  3. helinhater - May 5, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Even as a diehard Bulls fan…as a diehard appreciator of all things Jordan…

    The guy who wrote he’s no Michael Jordan is an idiot…

    Now, we should have known simply by looking at his handle “KyleOrtonsArm” that he was a moron…Really – who makes a handle up about a mediocre one-time QB of the Bears who now plays in Denver?

  4. ezwriter69 - May 5, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    If the fine fans of Boston treat the statue the same way they treated Bill when he was there, the statue will be defaced, labeled with the N word and worse like they painted on his house, and attacked on a daily basis, because that’s how they treated him then… he wouldn’t even go back to Boston for years, I’m glad he’s making peace with Boston finally, it shows how big a man he is, in the true sense of the word. Bill wasn’t the first black player in the league, but he was nonetheless it’s Jackie Robinson, the difference being he fought back from day one, thanks to Red he wasn’t forced to just sit there and take it, ask Cliff Hagan and the then St. Louis Hawks…
    About time, Boston.

  5. andyhr17 - May 5, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Yes, because racism in the 50’s only existed in Boston. Every other city would’ve welcomed him with open arms and cheered him on regardless of race.

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