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Bill Russell statue unveiled near Boston City Hall (VIDEO)

Nov 1, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

It’s overdue, but that shouldn’t take away from the honor.

In the storied history of the Celtics there have been none like Bill Russell — the 11-time NBA champion and one of the greatest players ever, but also a human rights activist, somebody who helped break ground in Boston and on a national stage. He’s a guy who got the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. So a statue of him at City Hall in Boston is fitting. I just wish I could have been around to hear his stories.

Hat tip to for the video.

  1. maikoch - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    And why did this take almost 50 years? Maybe because Boston is the most racist city not located in the South? They’ll have to build a Pumpsie Green statue next.

  2. onbucky96 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    So…does the statue have a loaded handgun in it’s carry-on luggage?

    • davidly - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      Gotta show these youngbloods how it’s done.

  3. wisconsinhillfolk - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Bill Russell is the greatest professional basketball player of all time.

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