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As player:

11× NBA champion (1957, 1959–1966, 1968, 1969) 5× NBA Most Valuable Player
NBA Most Valuable Player
(1958, 1961–1963, 1965) 12× NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
(1958–1969) NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game MVP (1963) 3× All-NBA First Team
All-NBA First Team
(1959, 1963, 1965) 8× All-NBA Second Team
All-NBA Second Team
(1958, 1960–1962, 1964, 1966–1968) NBA All-Defensive First Team
NBA All-Defensive First Team
(1969) 4× NBA rebounding champion (1958, 1959, 1964, 1965) NBA 50th Anniversary Team NBA 35th Anniversary Team NBA 25th Anniversary Team No. 6 retired by the Boston
Boston
Celtics 2× NCAA champion (1955, 1956) NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1955) UPI College Player of the Year (1956) 2× Helms Player of the Year (1955, 1956) 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1955, 1956) WCC Player of the Year (1956) No. 6 retired by University of San Francisco

As coach:

NBA champion (1968, 1969)

Career NBA statistics

Points 14,522 (15.1 ppg)

Rebounds 21,620 (22.5 rpg)

Assists 4,100 (4.3 apg)

Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame as player

FIBA Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame
as player

College Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame Inducted in 2006

Medals

Men's basketball

Representing  United States

Olympic Games

1956 Melbourne Team competition

William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player
NBA Most Valuable Player
and a twelve-time All-Star, he was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty, winning eleven NBA championships during his thirteen-year career. Russell ties the record for the most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league (with Henri Richard
Henri Richard
of the National Hockey League). Before his professional career, Russell led the University of San Francisco to two consecutive NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956, and he captained the gold-medal winning U.S. national basketball team at the 1956 Summer Olympics.[1] Russell is widely considered as one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history. He was 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) tall, with a 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) wingspan.[2][3] His shot-blocking and man-to-man defense were major reasons for the Celtics' domination of the NBA during his career. He also inspired his teammates to elevate their own defensive play. Russell was equally notable for his rebounding abilities. He led the NBA in rebounds four times, had a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds,[4] and remains second all-time in both total rebounds and rebounds per game. He is one of just two NBA players (the other being prominent rival Wilt Chamberlain) to have grabbed more than 50 rebounds in a game. Russell was never the focal point of the Celtics' offense, but he did score 14,522 career points and provided effective passing. Russell played in the wake of pioneers like Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, and Sweetwater Clifton, and he was the first African American
African American
player to achieve superstar status in the NBA. He also served a three-season (1966–69) stint as player-coach for the Celtics, becoming the first African-American coach in North American pro sports and the first to win a world championship. In 2011, Barack Obama
Barack Obama
awarded Russell the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
for his accomplishments on the court and in the Civil Rights Movement.[1] Russell is one of seven players in history to win an NCAA Championship, an NBA Championship, and an Olympic gold medal.[5] He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame. He was selected into the NBA 25th Anniversary Team in 1971 and the NBA 35th Anniversary Team in 1980, and named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, one of only four players to receive all three honors. In 2007, he was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame. In Russell's honor the NBA renamed the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Most Valuable Player trophy in 2009: it is now the Bill Russell
Bill Russell
NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Most Valuable Player Award.

Contents

1 Early years

1.1 Family and personal life 1.2 Initial exposure to basketball

2 College years

2.1 Basketball 2.2 Track and field 2.3 Plans for a professional basketball career after college

3 1956 NBA draft 4 1956 Olympics 5 Professional career

5.1 1956–59 5.2 1959–66 5.3 1966–69 5.4 NBA career statistics

5.4.1 Regular season 5.4.2 Playoffs

6 Post-playing career 7 Head coaching record 8 Accomplishments and legacy 9 Personal life 10 Earnings 11 Personality

11.1 As a competitor 11.2 Off the court

12 Russell–Chamberlain relations 13 Racist abuse, controversy, and relationship with Boston
Boston
fans 14 Statue 15 See also 16 Selected publications 17 References 18 Further reading 19 External links

Early years[edit] Family and personal life[edit] Bill Russell
Bill Russell
was born to Charles Russell and Katie Russell in West Monroe, Louisiana. Like almost all southern towns and cities of that time, West Monroe was a highly segregated place, and the Russells often struggled with racism in their daily lives.[6] Russell's father was once refused service at a gas station until the staff had taken care of all the white customers. When his father attempted to leave and find a different station, the attendant stuck a shotgun in his face and threatened to kill him if he didn't stay and wait his turn.[6] In another incident, Russell's mother was walking outside in a fancy dress when a white policeman accosted her. He told her to go home and remove the dress, which he described as "white woman's clothing".[6] During World War II, large numbers of blacks were moving to the West to look for work there. When Russell was eight years old, his father moved the family out of Louisiana and settled in Oakland, California.[6] While there, the family fell into poverty, and Russell spent his childhood living in a series of public housing projects.[6] Charles Russell was described as a "stern, hard man" who initially worked in a paper factory as a janitor, which was a typical "Negro Job"—low paid and not intellectually challenging, as sports journalist John Taylor commented.[7] When World War II broke out, the elder Russell became a truck driver.[7] Russell was closer to his mother Katie than to his father,[7] and he received a major emotional blow when she suddenly died when he was 12 years old. His father gave up his trucking job and became a steelworker to be closer to his semi-orphaned children.[7] Russell has stated that his father became his childhood hero, later followed up by Minneapolis Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
superstar George "Mr. Basketball" Mikan, who he met when he was in high school.[8] Mikan, in turn, would say of Russell the college basketball player, "Let's face it, he's the best ever. He's so good, he scares you."[9] Initial exposure to basketball[edit] In his early years, Russell struggled to develop his skills as a basketball player. Although Russell was a good runner and jumper and had large hands,[7] he simply did not understand the game and was cut from the team in junior high school. As a freshman at McClymonds High School[10] in Oakland, Russell was almost cut again.[11] However, coach George Powles saw Russell's raw athletic potential and encouraged him to work on his fundamentals.[7] Since Russell's previous experiences with white authority figures were often negative, he was delighted to receive warm words from his white coach. He worked hard and used the benefits of a growth spurt to become a decent basketball player, but it was not until his junior and senior years that he began to excel, winning back to back high school state championships.[11] Russell soon became noted for his unusual style of defense. He later recalled, "To play good defense ... it was told back then that you had to stay flatfooted at all times to react quickly. When I started to jump to make defensive plays and to block shots, I was initially corrected, but I stuck with it, and it paid off."[12] Russell, in an autobiographical account, notes while on a California High School All-Stars tour, he became obsessed with studying and memorizing other players’ moves (e.g., footwork such as which foot they moved first on which play) as preparation for defending against them, which including practicing in front of a mirror at night. Russell further described himself as an avid reader of Dell Magazines' 1950s sports publications, which he used to scout opponents' moves for the purpose of defending against them.[13] Future Baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson
Frank Robinson
was one of Russell's high school basketball teammates.[14] College years[edit] Basketball[edit] Due to his race, Russell was ignored by college recruiters and did not receive a single letter of intent until recruiter Hal DeJulio from the University of San Francisco (USF) watched him play in a high school game. DeJulio was not impressed by Russell's meager scoring and "atrocious fundamentals",[15] but sensed that the young center had an extraordinary instinct for the game, especially in the clutch.[15] When DeJulio offered Russell a scholarship, he eagerly accepted.[11] Sports journalist John Taylor described it as a watershed event in Russell's life, because Russell realized that basketball was his one chance to escape poverty and racism. As a consequence, Russell swore to make the best of it.[7]

Russell practicing a free-throw at USF, c 1953–56

At USF, Russell became the new starting center for coach Phil Woolpert. Woolpert emphasized defense and deliberate half-court play, which were concepts that favored Russell's exceptional defensive skills.[16] Woolpert's choices of how to deploy his players were unaffected by issues of skin color. In 1954, he became the first coach of a major college basketball squad to start three African American players: Russell, K. C. Jones
K. C. Jones
and Hal Perry.[17] In his USF years, Russell used his relative lack of bulk to develop a unique style of defense: instead of purely guarding the opposing center, he used his quickness and speed to play help defense against opposing forwards and aggressively challenge their shots.[16] Combining the stature and shot-blocking skills of a center with the foot speed of a guard, Russell became the centerpiece of a USF team that soon became a force in college basketball. After USF kept Holy Cross star Tom Heinsohn scoreless in an entire half, Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
wrote, "If [Russell] ever learns to hit the basket, they're going to have to rewrite the rules."[16][18] The NCAA did in fact rewrite rules in response to Russell's dominant play; the lane was widened for his junior year. After he graduated, the NCAA rules committee instituted a second new rule to counter the play of big men like Russell; basket interference was now prohibited.[19] The NCAA pays close attention to college basketball superstars. Over the years, several rule changes have gone into effect to counter the dominant play of big men. Two good examples are goal-tending in response to George Mikan
George Mikan
(1945) and prohibition of the dunk shot by Lew Alcindor
Lew Alcindor
(1967), althought that rule was eventually repealed.[20]

Russell is all-smiles during his two national championship seasons at the University of San Francisco

However, the games were often difficult for the USF squad. Russell and his African American
African American
teammates became targets of racist jeers, particularly on the road.[21] In one notable incident, hotels in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
refused to admit Russell and his black teammates while they were in town for the 1954 All-College Tournament. In protest, the whole team decided to camp out in a closed college dorm, which was later called an important bonding experience for the group.[17] Decades later, Russell explained that his experiences hardened him against abuse of all kinds. "I never permitted myself to be a victim", he said.[22][23] Racism
Racism
also shaped his lifelong paradigm as a team player. "At that time", he has said, "it was never acceptable that a black player was the best. That did not happen ... My junior year in college, I had what I thought was the one of the best college seasons ever. We won 28 out of 29 games. We won the National Championship. I was the [Most Valuable Player] at the Final Four. I was first team All American. I averaged over 20 points and over 20 rebounds, and I was the only guy in college blocking shots. So after the season was over, they had a Northern California banquet, and they picked another center as Player of the Year in Northern California. Well, that let me know that if I were to accept these as the final judges of my career I would die a bitter old man." So he made a conscious decision, he said, to put the team first and foremost, and not worry about individual achievements.[24] On the hardwood, his experiences were far more pleasant. Russell led USF to NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956, including a string of 55 consecutive victories. He became known for his strong defense and shot-blocking skills, once denying 13 shots in a game. UCLA coach John Wooden called Russell "the greatest defensive man I've ever seen".[17] During his college career, Russell averaged 20.7 points per game and 20.3 rebounds per game.[1] Track and field[edit] Besides basketball, Russell represented USF in track and field events. Russell was a standout in the high jump; he was ranked the seventh-best high-jumper in the world in 1956 (his graduation year) according to Track & Field News (this despite not competing in Olympic high-jump competition that year[8]).[25] That year, Russell won high jump titles at the Central California AAU meet, the Pacific AAU meet, and the West Coast Relays. One of his highest jumps occurred at the West Coast Relays, where he achieved a mark of 6 feet 9 1⁄4 inches (2.06 m);[26] at the meet Russell tied Charlie Dumas, who would later in the year both win gold in the Melbourne
Melbourne
Olympics for the United States and become the first human to high-jump 7 feet (2.13 m).[27] Like fellow world-class high-jumpers of that era, Russell did not use the Fosbury Flop high-jump technique with which all high jump world records after 1978 have been set.[28][29] Russell also competed in the 440 yards (402.3 m) race, which he could complete in 49.6 seconds.[30] Plans for a professional basketball career after college[edit] The Harlem Globetrotters
Harlem Globetrotters
invited Russell to join their exhibition basketball squad. Russell, who was sensitive to any racial prejudice, was enraged by the fact that owner Abe Saperstein
Abe Saperstein
would only discuss the matter with Woolpert. While Saperstein spoke to Woolpert in a meeting, Globetrotters assistant coach Harry Hanna tried to entertain Russell with jokes. The USF center was livid after this snub and declined the offer: he reasoned that if Saperstein was too smart to speak with him, then he was too smart to play for Saperstein. Instead, Russell made himself eligible for the 1956 NBA draft.[31] 1956 NBA draft[edit] In the 1956 NBA draft, Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
coach Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
had set his sights on Russell, thinking his defensive toughness and rebounding prowess were the missing pieces the Celtics needed.[1] In retrospect, Auerbach's thoughts were unorthodox. In that period, centers and forwards were defined by their offensive output, and their ability to play defense was secondary.[32] However, Boston's chances of getting Russell seemed slim. Because the Celtics had finished second in the previous season and the worst teams had the highest draft picks, the Celtics had slipped too low in the draft order to pick Russell. In addition, Auerbach had already used his territorial pick to acquire talented forward Tom Heinsohn. But Auerbach knew that the Rochester Royals, who owned the first draft pick, already had a skilled rebounder in Maurice Stokes, were looking for an outside shooting guard and were unwilling to pay Russell the $25,000 signing bonus he requested. Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
offered the Ice Capades if they didn’t draft Russell number one. Rochester got their ice show.[33] The St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks, who owned the second pick, drafted Russell, but were vying for Celtics center Ed Macauley, a six-time All-Star who had roots in St. Louis. Auerbach agreed to trade Macauley, who had previously asked to be traded to St. Louis
St. Louis
in order to be with his sick son, if the Hawks gave up Russell. The owner of St Louis called Auerbach later and demanded more in the trade. Not only did he want Macauley, who was the Celtics premier player at the time, he wanted Cliff Hagan, who had been serving in the military for three years and had not yet played for the Celtics. After much debate, Auerbach agreed to give up Hagan, and the Hawks made the trade.[34] During that same draft, Boston
Boston
also drafted guard K. C. Jones, Russell's former USF teammate. Thus, in one night, the Celtics managed to draft three future Hall of Famers: Russell, Jones and Heinsohn.[1] The Russell draft-day trade was later called one of the most important trades in the history of North American sports.[33] 1956 Olympics[edit] Before his NBA rookie year, Russell was the captain of the U.S. national basketball team that competed at the 1956 Summer Olympics
1956 Summer Olympics
in Melbourne, Australia. Avery Brundage, head of the International Olympic Committee, argued that Russell had already signed a professional contract and thus was no longer an amateur, but Russell prevailed.[33] He had the option to skip the tournament and play a full season for the Celtics, but he was determined to play in the Olympics. He later commented that he would have participated in the high jump if he had been snubbed by the basketball team.[8] Under coach Gerald Tucker, Russell helped the national team win the gold medal in Melbourne, defeating the Soviet Union 89–55 in the final game. The United States dominated the tournament, winning by an average of 53.5 points per game. Russell led the team in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game for the competition. His former USF and future Celtics teammate K. C. Jones
K. C. Jones
joined him on the Olympic squad and contributed 10.9 points per game.[35] Professional career[edit] 1956–59[edit] Due to Russell's Olympic commitment, he could not join the Celtics for the 1956–57 season until December. After rejoining the Celtics, Russell played 48 games, averaging 14.7 points per game and a league-high 19.6 rebounds per game.[36] During this season, the Celtics featured five future Hall-of-Famers: center Russell, forwards Heinsohn and Frank Ramsey, and guards Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman
and Bob Cousy. (K.C. Jones did not play for the Celtics until 1958 because of military service.)[37] Russell's first Celtics game came on December 22, 1956, against the St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks, led by star forward Bob Pettit, who held several all-time scoring records.[38] Auerbach assigned Russell to shut down St. Louis's main scorer, and the rookie impressed the Boston
Boston
crowd with his man-to-man defense and shot-blocking.[38] In previous years, the Celtics had been a high-scoring team, but lacked the defensive presence needed to close out tight games. However, with the added defensive presence of Russell, the Celtics had laid the foundation for a dynasty. The team utilized a strong defensive approach to the game, forcing opposing teams to commit many turnovers, which led to many easy fast break points.[38] Russell was an elite help defender who allowed the Celtics to play the so-called "Hey, Bill" defense: whenever a Celtic requested additional defensive help, he would shout "Hey, Bill!" Russell was so quick that he could run over for a quick double team and make it back in time if the opponents tried to find the open man.[38] He also became famous for his shot-blocking skills: pundits called his blocks "Wilsonburgers", referring to the Wilson NBA basketballs he "shoved back into the faces of opposing shooters".[38] This skill also allowed the other Celtics to play their men aggressively: if they were beaten, they knew that Russell was guarding the basket.[38] This approach allowed the Celtics to finish with a 44–28 regular season record, the team's second-best record since beginning play in the 1946–47 season, and guaranteed a post-season appearance.[39] However, Russell also received negative attention. Constantly provoked by New York Knicks
New York Knicks
center Ray Felix during a game, he complained to coach Auerbach. The latter told him to take matters into his own hands, so after the next provocation, Russell punched Felix unconscious, paid a $25 fine and was no longer a target of cheap fouls.[38] With his teammates, Russell had a cordial relationship, with the notable exception of fellow rookie and old rival Heinsohn. Heinsohn felt that Russell resented him because the former was named the 1957 NBA Rookie of the Year: many people thought that Russell was more important, but Russell also had only played half the season. Russell also ignored Heinsohn's plea to give his cousin an autograph, and openly said to Heinsohn that he deserved half of his $300 Rookie of the Year check. The relationship between the two rookies remained reserved.[40] On the other hand, despite their different ethnic backgrounds and lack of common off-court interests, his relationship with Celtics point guard and fan favorite Bob Cousy
Bob Cousy
was amicable.[41] In Game 1 of the Eastern Division Finals, the Celtics met the Syracuse Nationals, who were led by Dolph Schayes. In Russell's first NBA playoff game, he finished with 16 points and 31 rebounds, along with a reported 7 blocks. (At the time, blocks were not yet an officially registered statistic.) After the Celtics' 108–89 victory, Schayes quipped, "How much does that guy make a year? It would be to our advantage if we paid him off for five years to get away from us in the rest of this series."[32] The Celtics swept the Nationals in three games to earn the franchise's first appearance in the NBA Finals.[42] In the NBA Finals, the Celtics met the St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks, who were again led by Bob Pettit, as well as former Celtic Ed Macauley. The teams split the first six games, and the tension was so high that, in Game 3, Celtics coach Auerbach punched his colleague Ben Kerner and received a $300 fine.[40] In the highly competitive Game 7, Russell tried his best to slow down Pettit, but it was Heinsohn who scored 37 points and kept the Celtics alive.[40] However, Russell contributed by completing the famous "Coleman Play". Here, Russell ran down Hawks guard Jack Coleman, who had received an outlet pass at midcourt, and blocked his shot despite the fact that Russell had been standing at his own baseline when the ball was thrown to Coleman. The block preserved Boston's slim 103–102 lead with 40-odd seconds left to play in regulation, saving the game for the Celtics.[32] In the second overtime, both teams were in serious foul trouble: Heinsohn had fouled out, and the Hawks were so depleted that they had only 7 players left.[40] With the Celtics leading 125–123 with one second left, the Hawks had the ball at their own baseline. Reserve guard Alex Hannum threw a long alley oop pass to Pettit, and Pettit's tip-in rolled indecisively on the rim for several seconds before rolling out again. The Celtics won, earning their first NBA Championship.[40] At the start of the 1957–58 season, the Celtics won 14 straight games, and continued to succeed.[4] Russell averaged 16.6 points per game and a league-record average of 22.7 rebounds per game.[36] An interesting phenomenon began that year: Russell was voted the NBA Most Valuable Player, but only named to the All-NBA
All-NBA
Second Team. This would occur repeatedly throughout his career. The NBA reasoned that other centers were better all-round players than Russell, but no player was more valuable to his team. The Celtics won 49 games and easily made the first berth in the 1958 NBA Playoffs, and made the 1958 NBA Finals against their familiar rivals, the St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks.[43] The teams split the first two games, but then Russell went down with a foot injury in Game 3 and only returned for Game 6. The Celtics surprisingly won Game 4, but the Hawks prevailed in Games 5 and 6, with Pettit scoring 50 points in the deciding Game 6.[43] In the following 1958–59 season, Russell continued his strong play, averaging 16.7 points per game and 23.0 rebounds per game in the regular season.[36] The Celtics broke a league record by winning 52 games, and Russell's strong performance once again helped lead the Celtics through the post-season, as they returned to the NBA Finals. In the 1959 NBA Finals, the Celtics recaptured the NBA title, sweeping the Minneapolis Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
4–0.[44] Lakers head coach John Kundla praised Russell, stating, "We don't fear the Celtics without Bill Russell. Take him out and we can beat them ... He's the guy who whipped us psychologically."[32] 1959–66[edit]

Russell circa 1960

In the 1959–60 season, the NBA witnessed the debut of legendary 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) Philadelphia Warriors
Philadelphia Warriors
center Wilt Chamberlain, who averaged a record 37.6 points per game in his rookie year.[45] On November 7, 1959, Russell's Celtics hosted Chamberlain's Warriors, and pundits called the matchup between the best offensive and defensive centers "The Big Collision" and "Battle of the Titans".[46] Both men awed onlookers with "nakedly awesome athleticism",[46] and while Chamberlain outscored Russell 30 to 22, the Celtics won 115–106, and the match was called a "new beginning of basketball".[46] The matchup between Russell and Chamberlain became one of basketball's greatest rivalries.[1] In that season, Russell's Celtics won a record 59 regular season games (including a then-record tying 17 game win streak) and met Chamberlain's Warriors in the Eastern Division Finals. Chamberlain outscored Russell by 81 points in the series, but the Celtics walked off with a 4–2 series win.[47] In the 1960 Finals, the Celtics outlasted the Hawks 4–3 and won their third championship in four years.[39] Russell grabbed an NBA Finals-record 40 rebounds in Game 2, and added 22 points and 35 rebounds in the deciding Game 7, a 122–103 victory for Boston.[1][32] In the 1960–61 season, Russell averaged 16.9 points and 23.9 rebounds per game,[36] leading his team to a regular season mark of 57–22. The Celtics earned another post-season appearance, where they defeated the Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
4–1 in the Eastern Division Finals. The Celtics made good use of the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
had exhausted St. Louis
St. Louis
in a long seven-game Western Conference Finals, and the Celtics convincingly won in five games.[48][49] The following season, Russell scored a career-high 18.9 points per game, accompanied by 23.6 rebounds per game.[36] While his rival Chamberlain had a record-breaking season of 50.4 points per game and a 100-point game,[45] the Celtics became the first team to win 60 games in a season, and Russell was voted as the NBA's Most Valuable Player. In the post-season, the Celtics met the Philadelphia Warriors
Philadelphia Warriors
of Chamberlain, and Russell did his best to slow down the 50-points-per-game scoring Warriors center. In the pivotal Game 7, Russell managed to hold Chamberlain to only 22 points (28 below his season average) while scoring 19 himself. The game was tied with two seconds left when Sam Jones sank a clutch shot that won the Celtics the series. In the 1962 NBA Finals, the Celtics met the Los Angeles Lakers of star forward Elgin Baylor
Elgin Baylor
and star guard Jerry West. The teams split the first six games, and Game 7 was tied one second before the end of regular time when Lakers guard Rod Hundley
Rod Hundley
faked a shot and instead passed out to Frank Selvy, who missed an open eight-foot last-second shot that would have won L.A. the title.[50] Though the game was tied, Russell had the daunting task of defending against Baylor with little frontline help, as the three best Celtics forwards, Loscutoff, Heinsohn and Tom Sanders, had fouled out. In overtime, Baylor fouled out the fourth forward, Frank Ramsey, so Russell was completely robbed of his usual four-men wing rotation. But Russell and little-used fifth forward Gene Guarilia successfully pressured Baylor into missed shots.[50][51] Russell finished with a clutch performance, scoring 30 points and tying his own NBA Finals
NBA Finals
record with 40 rebounds in a 110–107 overtime win.[32] The Celtics lost playmaker Bob Cousy
Bob Cousy
to retirement after the 1962–63 season, but they drafted John Havlicek. Once again, the Celtics were powered by Russell, who averaged 16.8 points and 23.6 rebounds per game, won his fourth regular-season MVP title, and earned MVP honors at the 1963 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game following his 19-point, 24-rebound performance for the East.[36] The Celtics reached the 1963 NBA Finals, where they again defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, this time in six games.[52] In the following 1963–64 season, the Celtics posted a league-best 58–22 record in the regular season. Russell scored 15.0 ppg and grabbed a career-high 24.7 rebounds per game, leading the NBA in rebounds for the first time since Chamberlain entered the league.[36] Boston
Boston
defeated the Cincinnati Royals
Cincinnati Royals
4–1 to earn another NBA Finals appearance, and then won against Chamberlain's newly relocated San Francisco Warriors 4–1.[53] It was their sixth consecutive and seventh title in Russell's eighth year, a streak unreached in any U.S. professional sports league. Russell later called the Celtics' defense the best of all time.[1] Russell again excelled during the 1964–65 season. The Celtics won a league-record 62 games, and Russell averaged 14.1 points and 24.1 rebounds per game, winning his second consecutive rebounding title and his fifth MVP award.[36] In the 1965 NBA Playoffs, the Celtics played the Eastern Division Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers, who had recently traded for Wilt Chamberlain. Russell held Chamberlain to a pair of field goals in the first three quarters of Game 3. In Game 5, Russell contributed 28 rebounds, 10 blocks, seven assists and six steals.[32] However, that playoff series ended in a dramatic Game 7. Five seconds before the end, the Sixers were trailing 110–109, but Russell turned over the ball. However, when the Sixers' Hall-of-Fame guard Hal Greer
Hal Greer
inbounded, John Havlicek
John Havlicek
stole the ball, causing Celtics commentator Johnny Most
Johnny Most
to scream: "Havlicek stole the ball! It's all over! Johnny Havlicek stole the ball!"[1] After the Division Finals, the Celtics had an easier time in the NBA Finals, winning 4–1 against the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
of Jerry West
Jerry West
and Elgin Baylor.[54] In the following 1965–66 season, the Celtics won their eighth consecutive title. Russell's team again beat Chamberlain's Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
4 games to 1 in the Division Finals, proceeding to win the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in a tight seven-game showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers, with Russell scoring 25 points and grabbing 32 rebounds in a 95–93 win in the deciding seventh game.[55] During the season, Russell contributed 12.9 points and 22.8 rebounds per game. This was the first time in seven years that he failed to average at least 23 rebounds a game.[36] 1966–69[edit]

Russell defending against Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
of the Philadelphia 76ers in 1966

Russell and coach Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
with his trademark victory Blackstone after winning the 1966 NBA Championship

Celtics coach Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
retired before the 1966–67 season. He had initially wanted his old player Frank Ramsey to coach the Celtics, but Ramsey was too occupied running his three lucrative nursing homes.[56] His second choice was Bob Cousy, who declined the invitation, stating that he did not want to coach his former teammates.[56] Third choice Tom Heinsohn
Tom Heinsohn
also said no, because he did not think he could handle the often surly Russell.[56] However, Heinsohn proposed Russell himself as a player-coach, and when Auerbach asked his center, he said yes.[56] On April 16, 1966, Bill Russell
Bill Russell
agreed to become head coach of the Boston
Boston
Celtics; a public announcement was made two days later.[57] Russell thus became the first African American
African American
head coach in NBA history[1] and commented to journalists: "I wasn't offered the job because I am a Negro, I was offered it because Red figured I could do it."[56] The Celtics' championship streak ended at eight in his first full season as head coach when Wilt Chamberlain's Philadelphia 76ers won a record-breaking 68 regular season games and beat the Celtics 4–1 in the 1967 Eastern Finals.[58] The Sixers simply outpaced the Celtics when they shredded the famed Boston
Boston
defense by scoring 140 points in the clinching Game 5 win.[59] Russell acknowledged the first real loss of his career (he had been injured in 1958 when the Celtics lost the NBA Finals) by visiting Chamberlain in the locker room, shaking his hand and saying, "Great".[59] However, the game still ended on a high note for Russell. After the loss, he led his grandfather through the Celtics locker rooms, and the two saw white Celtics player John Havlicek
John Havlicek
taking a shower next to his black teammate Sam Jones and discussing the game. Suddenly, Jake Russell broke down crying. Asked by his grandson what was wrong, his grandfather replied how proud he was of him, being coach of an organization in which blacks and whites coexisted in harmony.[59] In Russell's penultimate season of 1967–68, his numbers slowly declined, but at age 34, he still tallied 12.5 points per game and 18.6 rebounds per game[36] (the latter good for the third highest average in the league).[60] In the Eastern Division Finals, the 76ers had the better record than the Celtics and were slightly favored. But then, national tragedy struck as Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King
was assassinated on April 4, 1968. With eight of the ten starting players on Sixers and Celtics being African American, both teams were in deep shock, and there were calls to cancel the series.[61] In a game called as "unreal" and "devoid of emotion", the Sixers lost 127–118 on April 5. In Game 2, Philadelphia evened the series with a 115–106 win, and in Games 3 and 4, the Sixers won, with Chamberlain suspiciously often defended by Celtics backup center Wayne Embry, causing the press to speculate Russell was worn down.[61] Prior to Game 5, the Celtics seemed dead: no NBA team had ever come back from a 3–1 deficit.[61] However, the Celtics rallied back, winning Game 5 122–104 and Game 6 114–106, powered by a spirited Havlicek and helped by a terrible Sixers shooting slump.[61] In Game 7, 15,202 stunned Philadelphia fans witnessed a historic 100–96 defeat, making it the first time in NBA history a team lost a series after leading 3–1. Russell limited Chamberlain to only two shot attempts in the second half.[32] Despite this, the Celtics were leading only 97–95 with 34 seconds left when Russell closed out the game with several consecutive clutch plays. He made a free throw, blocked a shot by Sixers player Chet Walker, grabbed a rebound off a miss by Sixers player Hal Greer, and finally passed the ball to teammate Sam Jones, who scored to clinch the win. Boston
Boston
then beat the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
4–2 in the NBA Finals, giving Russell his tenth title in 12 years.[1] For his efforts Russell was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. After losing for the fifth straight time against Russell and his Celtics, Hall-of-Fame Lakers guard Jerry West
Jerry West
stated, "If I had a choice of any basketball player in the league, my No.1 choice has to be Bill Russell. Bill Russell never ceases to amaze me."[32] However, Russell seemed to reach a breaking point during the 1968–69 season. He was shocked by the murder of Robert F. Kennedy, disillusioned by the Vietnam War, and weary from his increasingly stale marriage to his wife Rose; the couple later divorced. He was convinced that the U.S. was a corrupt nation and that he was wasting his time playing something as superficial as basketball.[62] He was 15 pounds overweight, skipped mandatory NBA coach meetings and was generally lacking energy: after a New York Knicks
New York Knicks
game, he complained of intense pain and was diagnosed with acute exhaustion.[62] Russell pulled himself together and put up 9.9 points and 19.3 rebounds per game,[36] but the aging Celtics stumbled through the regular season. Their 48–34 record was the team's worst since 1955–56, and they entered the playoffs as only the fourth-seeded team in the East.[63] In the playoffs, however, Russell and his Celtics achieved upsets over the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
and New York Knicks
New York Knicks
to earn a meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
in the NBA Finals. L.A. now featured new recruit Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
next to perennial stars Baylor and West, and were heavily favored. In the first two games, Russell ordered not to double-team West, who used the freedom to score 53 and 41 points in the Game 1 and 2 Laker wins.[64] Russell then ordered to double-team West, and Boston
Boston
won Game 3. In Game 4, the Celtics were trailing by one point with seven seconds left and the Lakers having the ball, but then Baylor stepped out of bounds, and in the last play, Sam Jones used a triple screen by Bailey Howell, Larry Siegfried and Havlicek and hit a buzzer beater which equalized the series.[64] The teams split the next two games, so it all came down to Game 7 in L.A., where Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke
Jack Kent Cooke
angered and motivated the Celtics by putting "proceedings of Lakers victory ceremony" on the game leaflets. Russell used a copy as extra motivation and told his team to play a running game, because in that case, not the better, but the more determined team was going to win.[64] The Celtics were ahead by nine points with five minutes remaining; in addition, West was heavily limping after a Game 5 thigh injury and Chamberlain had left the game with an injured leg.[64] West then hit one basket after the other and cut the lead to one, and Chamberlain asked to return to the game. However, Lakers coach Bill van Breda Kolff kept Chamberlain on the bench until the end of the game, saying later that he wanted to stay with the lineup responsible for the comeback.[45][65] The Celtics held on for a 108–106 victory, and Russell claimed his eleventh championship in 13 years. At age 35, Russell contributed 21 rebounds in his last NBA game.[32] After the game, Russell went over to the distraught West (who had scored 42 points and was named the only NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP in history from the losing team), clasped his hand and tried to soothe him.[64] Days later, 30,000 enthusiastic Celtics fans cheered their returning heroes, but Russell was not there: the man who said he owed the public nothing ended his career and cut all ties to the Celtics.[64] It came as so surprising that even Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
was blindsided, and as a consequence, he made the "mistake" of drafting guard Jo Jo White instead of a center.[66] Although White became a standout Celtics player, the Celtics lacked an All-Star center, went just 34–48 in the next season and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1950.[39] In Boston, both fans and journalists felt betrayed, because Russell left the Celtics without a coach and a center and sold his retirement story for $10,000 to Sports Illustrated. Russell was accused of selling out the future of the franchise for a month of his salary.[66] NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game

 PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

† Denotes seasons in which Russell won an NBA championship

* Led the league

NBA record

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG

1956–57† Boston 48 35.3 .427 .492 19.6* 1.8 14.7

1957–58 Boston 69 38.3 .442 .519 22.7* 2.9 16.6

1958–59† Boston 70 42.6* .457 .598 23.0* 3.2 16.7

1959–60† Boston 74 42.5 .467 .612 24.0 3.7 18.2

1960–61† Boston 78 44.3 .426 .550 23.9 3.4 16.9

1961–62† Boston 76 45.2 .457 .575 23.6 4.5 18.9

1962–63† Boston 78 44.9 .432 .555 23.6 4.5 16.8

1963–64† Boston 78 44.6 .433 .550 24.7* 4.7 15.0

1964–65† Boston 78 44.4 .438 .573 24.1* 5.3 14.1

1965–66† Boston 78 43.4 .415 .551 22.8 4.8 12.9

1966–67 Boston 81 40.7 .454 .610 21.0 5.8 13.3

1967–68† Boston 78 37.9 .425 .537 18.6 4.6 12.5

1968–69† Boston 77 42.7 .433 .526 19.3 4.9 9.9

Career 963 42.3 .440 .561 22.5 4.3 15.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG

1957† Boston 10 40.9 .365 .508 24.4 3.2 13.9

1958 Boston 9 39.4 .361 .606 24.6 2.7 15.1

1959† Boston 11 45.1 .409 .612 27.7 3.6 15.5

1960† Boston 13 44.0 .456 .707 25.8 2.9 18.5

1961† Boston 10 46.2 .427 .523 29.9 4.8 19.1

1962† Boston 14 48.0 .458 .726 26.4 5.0 22.4

1963† Boston 13 47.5 .453 .661 25.1 5.1 20.3

1964† Boston 10 45.1 .356 .552 27.2 4.4 13.1

1965† Boston 12 46.8 .527 .526 25.2 6.3 16.5

1966† Boston 17 47.9 .475 .618 25.2 5.0 19.1

1967 Boston 9 43.3 .360 .635 22.0 5.6 10.6

1968† Boston 19 45.7 .409 .585 22.8 5.2 14.4

1969† Boston 18 46.1 .423 .506 20.5 5.4 10.8

Career 165 45.4 .430 .603 24.9 4.7 16.2

Post-playing career[edit] Russell's No. 6 jersey was retired by the Celtics on March 12, 1972,[67] Besides the Celtics, Russell also wore number 6 at the University of San Francisco and for the 1956 USA Olympic Team.[68] He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame in 1975. Russell, who had a difficult relationship with the media, did not attend either event.[69] After retiring as a player, Russell had stints as head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
(1973 to 1977) and Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
(1987 to 1988). His time as a non-player coach was lackluster; although he led the struggling SuperSonics into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, Russell's defensive, team-oriented Celtics mindset did not mesh well with the team, and he left in 1977 with a 162–166 record. Russell's stint with the Kings was considerably shorter, his last assignment ending when the Kings went 17–41 to begin the 1987–88 season.[70] In addition, Russell ran into financial trouble. He had invested $250,000 in a rubber plantation in Liberia, where he had wanted to spend his retirement, but it went bankrupt.[71] The same fate awaited his Boston
Boston
restaurant called "Slade's", after which he had to default on a $90,000 government loan to purchase the outlet. The IRS discovered that Russell owed $34,430 in tax money and put a lien on his house.[72] Russell became a vegetarian, took up golf and worked as a color commentator, but he was uncomfortable as a broadcaster. He later said, "The most successful television is done in eight-second thoughts, and the things I know about basketball, motivation, and people go deeper than that."[1][72] On November 3, 1979, Russell hosted Saturday Night Live, in which he appeared in several sports-related sketches. Russell also wrote books, usually written as a joint project with a professional writer, including 1979's Second Wind. In 1986 Russell played Judge Roger Ferguson in the Miami Vice
Miami Vice
episode "The Fix" (aired March 7, 1986). After spending about a decade living as a recluse on Mercer Island near Seattle, Russell rose to prominence again at the turn of the millennium.[73] Russell's Rules was published in 2001, and in January 2006, he convinced Miami Heat
Miami Heat
superstar center Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
to bury the hatchet with fellow NBA superstar and former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant, with whom O'Neal had a bitter public feud.[74] Later that year, on November 17, 2006, the two-time NCAA winner Russell was recognized for his impact on college basketball as a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He was one of five, along with John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Dean Smith
Dean Smith
and Dr. James Naismith, selected to represent the inaugural class.[75] On May 20, 2007, Russell was awarded an honorary doctorate by Suffolk University, where he served as its commencement speaker, and Russell received an honorary degree from Harvard University
Harvard University
on June 7, 2007. On June 18, 2007, Russell was inducted as a member of the founding class of the FIBA Hall of Fame. Russell was also honored during the 2009 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Weekend in Phoenix. On February 14, 2009, NBA Commissioner David Stern
David Stern
announced that the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Most Valuable Player Award would be renamed the "Bill Russell NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Most Valuable Player Award" in honor of the 11-time NBA champion.[76] The following day, during halftime of the All-Star game, Celtics captains Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen presented Russell a surprise birthday cake for his 75th birthday.[77] Russell attended the final game of the Finals that year to present his newly christened namesake award to its winner, Kobe Bryant.[78][79] Russell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
in 2011.[80] Head coaching record[edit]

Legend

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

Boston 1966–67 81 60 21 .671 2nd in Eastern 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Div. Finals

Boston 1967–68 82 54 28 .659 2nd in Eastern 19 12 7 .632 Won NBA Championship

Boston 1968–69 82 48 34 .585 4th in Eastern 18 12 6 .667 Won NBA Championship

Seattle 1973–74 82 36 46 .439 3rd in Pacific — — — — Missed Playoffs

Seattle 1974–75 82 43 39 .524 2nd in Pacific 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals

Seattle 1975–76 82 43 39 .524 2nd in Pacific 6 2 4 .333 Lost in Conf. Semifinals

Seattle 1976–77 82 40 42 .488 4th in Pacific — — — — Missed Playoffs

Sacramento 1987–88 58 17 41 .293 (released) — — — — —

Career

631 341 290 .540

61 34 27 .557

Accomplishments and legacy[edit]

Former President Bill Clinton and Russell at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2014

Russell is one of the most successful and decorated athletes in North American sports history. His awards and achievements include 11 NBA championships as a player with the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in 13 seasons (including two NBA championships as player/head coach), and he is credited with having raised defensive play in the NBA to a new level.[81] By winning the 1956 NCAA Championship with USF and the 1957 NBA title with the Celtics, Russell became the first of only four players in basketball history to win an NCAA championship and an NBA Championship back-to-back (the others being Henry Bibby, Magic Johnson, and Billy Thompson). He also won two state championships in high school. In the interim, Russell won an Olympic gold medal in 1956. His stint as coach of the Celtics was also of historical significance, as he became the first black head coach in major U.S. professional sports when he succeeded Red Auerbach.[82] In his first NBA full season (1957–58), Russell became the first player in NBA history to average more than 20 rebounds per game for an entire season, a feat he accomplished 10 times in his 13 seasons. Russell's 51 rebounds in a single game is the second-highest performance ever, trailing only Chamberlain's all-time record of 55. He still holds the NBA record for rebounds in one half with 32 (vs. Philadelphia, on November 16, 1957). Career-wise in rebounds, Russell ranks second to Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
in regular season total (21,620) and average per game (22.5), and he led the NBA in average rebounds per game four times. Russell is the all-time playoff leader in total (4,104) and average (24.9) rebounds per game, he grabbed 40 rebounds in three separate playoff games (twice in the NBA Finals), and he never failed to average at least 20 rebounds per game in any of his 13 post-season campaigns. Russell also had seven regular season games with 40 or more rebounds, the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
record for highest rebound per game average (29.5 rpg, 1959) and by a rookie (22.9 rpg, 1957). In addition, Russell holds the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
single-game record for most rebounds (40, March 29, 1960, vs. St. Louis, and April 18, 1962, vs. Los Angeles), most rebounds in a quarter (19, April 18, 1962 vs. Los Angeles), and most consecutive games with 20 or more rebounds (15 from April 9, 1960 – April 16, 1963).[83] He also had 51 in one game, 49 in two others, and twelve straight seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds.[1] Russell was known as one of the most clutch players in the NBA. He played in 11 deciding games (10 times in Game 7s, once in a Game 5), and ended with a flawless 11–0 record. In these eleven games, Russell averaged 18 points and 29.45 rebounds.[32] On the hardwood, he was considered the consummate defensive center, noted for his unmatched defensive intensity, his stellar basketball IQ and his sheer will to win.[32] Russell excelled at playing man-to-man defense, blocking shots, and grabbing defensive and offensive rebounds.[1] Opponent Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain
said Russell's timing as a shot-blocker was unparalleled.[84] Bill Bradley—Russell’s erstwhile Knicks opponent—wrote in 2009 that Russell "was the smartest player ever to play the game [of basketball]".[85] He also could score with putbacks and made mid-air outlet passes to point guard Bob Cousy
Bob Cousy
for easy fast break points.[1] He also was known as a fine passer and pick-setter, featured a decent left-handed hook shot and finished strong on alley oops.[32] However, on offense, Russell's output was limited. His NBA career personal averages show him to be an average scorer (15.1 points career average), a poor free throw shooter (56.1%), and average overall shooter from the field (44%, not exceptional for a center). In his 13 years, he averaged a relatively low 13.4 field goals attempted (normally, top scorers average 20 and more), illustrating that he was never the focal point of the Celtics offense, instead focusing on his tremendous defense.[36] In his career, Russell won five regular season MVP awards (1959, 1961–63, 1965)—tied with Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
for second all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's six awards. He was selected three times to the All-NBA
All-NBA
First Teams (1959, 1963, 1965) and eight Second Teams (1958, 1960–62, 1964, 1966–68), and was a twelve-time NBA All-Star (1958–1969). Russell was elected to one NBA All-Defensive First Team. This took place during his last season (1969), and was the first season the NBA All-Defensive Teams were selected. In 1970, The Sporting News named Russell the "Athlete of the Decade". Russell is universally seen as one of the best NBA players ever,[1] and was declared "Greatest Player in the History of the NBA" by the Professional Basketball
Basketball
Writers Association of America in 1980.[1] For his achievements, Russell was named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated in 1968. He also made all three NBA Anniversary Teams: the NBA 25th Anniversary All-Time Team (1970), the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team (1980) and the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996). Russell ranked #18 on ESPN's 50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century in 1999. In 2009, SLAM Magazine
SLAM Magazine
named Russell the #3 player of all time behind Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
and Wilt Chamberlain.[86] Former NBA player and head coach, Don Nelson, described Bill Russell
Bill Russell
in a quote that says, "There are two types of superstars. One makes himself look good at the expense of the other guys on the floor. But there's another type who makes the players around him look better than they are, and that's the type Russell was."[87] On Saturday, February 14, 2009, during the 2009 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Weekend in Phoenix, NBA Commissioner David Stern
David Stern
announced that the NBA Finals MVP Award would be named after Bill Russell.[76] Russell was named as a 2010 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[88] On June 15, 2017, Bill Russell
Bill Russell
was announced as the inaugural recipient of the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award. Personal life[edit] Russell was married to his college sweetheart Rose Swisher from 1956 to 1973. They had three children, namely daughter Karen Russell, the television pundit and lawyer, and sons William Jr. and Jacob. However, the couple grew emotionally distant and divorced.[89] In 1977, he married Dorothy Anstett, Miss USA
Miss USA
of 1968,[89] but they divorced in 1980. The relationship was shrouded in controversy because Anstett was white.[90] In 1996, Russell married his third wife, Marilyn Nault;[91] their marriage lasted until her death in January 2009.[92] He has been a resident of Mercer Island, Washington
Mercer Island, Washington
for over four decades.[93] His older brother was the noted playwright Charlie L. Russell.[94] In 1959, Bill Russell
Bill Russell
became the first NBA player to visit Africa.[95] Russell is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, having been initiated into its Gamma Alpha chapter while a student at University of San Francisco.[96] On October 16, 2013, Russell was arrested for bringing a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun to the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.[97] Earnings[edit] During his career, Russell was one of the first big earners in NBA basketball. His 1956 rookie contract was worth $24,000, only fractionally smaller than the $25,000 of top earner Bob Cousy.[38] Russell never had to work part-time. This was in contrast to other Celtics who had to work during the offseason to maintain their standard of living. Heinsohn sold insurance, Gene Guarilia was a professional guitar player, Cousy ran a basketball camp, and Auerbach invested in plastics and a Chinese restaurant.[98] When Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to earn $100,000 in salary in 1965, Russell went to Auerbach and demanded a $100,001 salary, which he promptly received.[99][100] For his promotion to coach, the Celtics paid Russell an annual salary of $25,000 which was in addition to his salary as a player. Although the salary was touted in the press as a record for an NBA coach, it is unclear whether Russell's continued $100,001 salary as a player was included in the calculation.[101] It is interesting to compare Bill Russell's highest salary ($101,000) with the salary of one of today's superstars, Stephen Curry; Curry grossed $34.68 million in 2017;[102] when adjusted to inflation, Russell's aforementioned salary would be equivalent to around $790,613 today.[103] Personality[edit] In 1966, The New York Times wrote "Russell's main characteristics are pride, intelligence, an active and appreciative sense of humor, a preoccupation with dignity, a capacity for consideration once his friendship or sympathy has been aroused, and an unwillingness to compromise whatever truths he has accepted."[104] Russell himself in 2009 wrote his paternal grandfather's motto, passed down to his father and thence to him is: "A man has to draw a line inside himself that he won't allow any man to cross"; Russell was "proud of my Grandfather's heroic dignity against forces more powerful than him... he would not allow himself to be oppressed or intimidated by anyone"; he wrote these words after recounting how that grandfather stood up to the Ku Klux Klan and whites who attempted to thwart his efforts to build a schoolhouse for black children (Jake Russell was the first person in Bill Russell's patrilineal line born free in North America, and was himself illiterate[105]).[106] Thus Bill Russell's motto became "If you disrespect that line, you disrespect me."[107] As a competitor[edit] Russell was driven by "a neurotic need to win", as his Celtic teammate Heinsohn observed.[71] He was so tense before every game that he regularly vomited in the locker room; early in his career it happened so frequently that his fellow Celtics were more worried when it did not happen.[108] Later in Russell's career, Havlicek said of his teammate and coach that he threw up less often than early in his career, only doing so "when it's an important game or an important challenge for him—someone like Chamberlain, or someone coming up that everyone's touting. [The sound of Russell throwing up] is a welcome sound, too, because it means he's keyed up for the game, and around the locker room we grin and say, "Man, we're going to be all right tonight."[109] In a retrospective interview, Russell described the state of mind he felt he needed to enter in order to be able to play basketball as, "I had to almost be in a rage. Nothing went on outside the borders[] of the court. I could hear anything, I could see anything, and nothing mattered. And I could anticipate every move that every player made."[110] Russell was also known for his natural authority. When he became player-coach in 1966, Russell bluntly said to his teammates that "he intended to cut all personal ties to other players", and seamlessly made the transition from their peer to their superior.[111] Russell, at the time his additional role of coach was announced, publicly stated he believed Auerbach's (who he regarded as the greatest of all coaches) impact as a coach confined every or almost every relationship with each Celtic player to a strictly professional one.[112]) Off the court[edit] Russell was known for his distinctive high-pitched laugh (hear at [113] and [114]) of which Auerbach quipped: "There are only two things that could make me quit coaching[:] My wife and Russell's laugh."[115] To teammates and friends, Russell was open and amicable, but was extremely distrusting and cold towards anyone else.[71] Journalists were often treated to the "Russell Glower", described as an "icily contemptuous stare accompanied by a long silence".[71] Russell was also notorious for his refusal to give autographs or even acknowledge the Celtics fans, so far that he was called "the most selfish, surly and uncooperative athlete" by one pundit.[71] Russell–Chamberlain relations[edit] For most of his career, Russell and his perennial opponent Wilt Chamberlain were close friends. Chamberlain often invited Russell over for Thanksgiving dinner, and at Russell's place, conversation mostly concerned Russell's electric trains.[116] However, the close relationship ended after Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals, when Chamberlain injured his knee with six minutes left and was forced to leave the game. During a conversation with students, a reporter—unknown to Russell— heard Russell describe Chamberlain as a malingerer and accused him of "copping out" of the game when it seemed that the Lakers would lose.[117] Chamberlain was livid with Russell and saw him as a backstabber.[117] Chamberlain's knee was injured so badly that he could not play the entire offseason and he ruptured it the next season. The two men did not speak to each other for more than 20 years until Russell finally met with Chamberlain and personally apologized.[118] When Chamberlain died in 1999, Chamberlain's nephew said that Russell was the second person he was told to call.[8] At Chamberlain's eulogy, Russell stated that he did not consider them to be rivals, but rather to have a competition, and that the pair would "be friends through eternity."[119] Racist abuse, controversy, and relationship with Boston
Boston
fans[edit] Russell's life was marked by an uphill battle against racism and controversial actions and statements in response to perceived racism. As a child, the young Russell witnessed how his parents were victims of racial abuse, and the family eventually moved into government housing projects to escape the daily torrent of bigotry.[6] When he later became a standout college player at USF, Russell recalled how he and his few fellow black teammates were jeered by white students.[21] Even after he became a star with the Boston
Boston
Celtics, Russell was the victim of racial abuse. When the NBA All-Stars toured the U.S. in the 1958 offseason, white hotel owners in segregated North Carolina
North Carolina
denied rooms to Russell and his black teammates, causing him to later write in his memoir Go Up for Glory, "It stood out, a wall which understanding cannot penetrate. You are a Negro. You are less. It covered every area. A living, smarting, hurting, smelling, greasy substance which covered you. A morass to fight from."[41] Before the 1961–62 season, Russell's team was scheduled to play in an exhibition game in Lexington, Kentucky, when Russell and his black teammates were refused service at a local restaurant. He and the other black teammates refused to play in the exhibition game and flew home, drawing a great deal of controversy and publicity.[69] As a consequence, Russell was extremely sensitive to all racial prejudice: according to Taylor, he often perceived insults even if others did not.[31] He was active in the Black Power
Black Power
movement and supported Muhammad Ali's decision to refuse to be drafted.[120] He was often called "Felton X", presumably in the tradition of the Nation of Islam's practice of replacing a European slave name with an "X", and even purchased land in Liberia.[71] Russell's public statements became increasingly militant, so far that he was quoted in a 1963 Sports Illustrated interview with the words: "I dislike most white people because they are people ... I like most blacks because I am black"; however, Russell articulated these views with a measure of self-criticism: "I consider this a deficiency in myself—maybe. If I looked at it objectively, detached myself, it would be a deficiency."[71][115] However, when his white Celtics teammate Frank Ramsey asked whether he hated him, Russell claimed to be misquoted, but few believed it.[71] According to Taylor, Russell discounted the fact that his career was facilitated by white people who were proven anti-racists, namely his white high school coach George Powles (the person who encouraged him to play basketball), his white college coach Phil Woolpert (who integrated USF basketball), white Celtics coach Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
(who is regarded as an anti-racist pioneer and made him the first black NBA coach), and white Celtics owner Walter A. Brown, who gave him a high $24,000 rookie contract, just $1,000 shy of the top earning veteran Bob Cousy.[72] On the other hand, Russell in the above-quoted 1963 Sports Illustrated article said he had "never met a finer person [than George Powles]... I owe so much to him it's impossible to express";[115] and has (years after Taylor's book) published an autobiographical account Red and Me the subject of which is his lifelong friendship with Auerbach. Bill Bradley for the New York Times Book Review wrote of Red and Me "Bill Russell is a private, complex man, but on the subject of his love of Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
and his Celtic teammates, he’s loud and clear."[85] In the book itself Russell wrote "Whenever I leave the Celtics locker room, even Heaven wouldn't be good enough because anywhere else is a step down... With Red [Auerbach] and Walter Brown, I was the freest athlete on the planet. I could always be myself with them and they were always there for me."[121] Describing the Celtics organization (as distinguished from Boston
Boston
sports fans in the 1950s and 1960s) as very progressive racially, Russell in 2010 recalled a list of the organization’s accomplishments on racial progress both in terms of objective milestones and his own subjective experience as a member of the organization:[122]

The Celtics were the first [NBA basketball] team to draft a black player, period:… [a] guy named Chuck Cooper from Duquesne… The first team to start five black players was the Boston
Boston
Celtics… The first [NBA organization] to hire a black [head] coach was the Boston Celtics… and [they’ve] had at least five [black head-coaches] over the years. And so [Walter Brown,] the… guy that owned the Celtics[,] was [in addition to Auerbach for whom Russell expressed "respect" and "actual love"] another one of the fine, good, and decent human beings that I’ve ever encountered… When the [Celtics] drafted Chuck Cooper and they came into Washington, D.C. to sign his contract, Walter Brown the owner of the team walked up to him and said ‘Mr. Cooper, the Boston Celtics will never embarrass you.’ That’s the first thing Walter Brown said to Chuck Cooper. And that’s the kind of guy [Brown] was. And so the Celtics—all we looked for was: ‘Can he play?’ And what we would do is—[Auerbach] trusted all his players—so like when he’d make a coaching decision, he could talk: he talked to [Bob] Cousey [who is white], he talked to me [black], he talked to [Bill] Sharman [white], he talked to Sam [Jones] [black]—all of us: "What do you think?". [Auerbach would] get the information from us and then make a decision based on that information and his thoughts. So we never, or at least I never, ever considered him as having ulterior motives for whatever he did.

In 1966, Russell was promoted to head coach of the Boston
Boston
Celtics. During a press conference, Russell was asked: "As the first Negro head coach in a major league sport, can you do the job impartially without any racial prejudice in reverse?" He replied "Yes." The reporter asked, "How?" Russell replied, "Because the most important factor is respect. And in basketball I respect a man for his ability, period."[123][124] As a result of repeated racial bigotry, Russell refused to respond to fan acclaim or friendship from his neighbors, thinking it was insincere and hypocritical. This attitude contributed to his legendarily bad rapport with fans and journalists.[41] He alienated Celtics fans by saying, "You owe the public the same it owes you, nothing! I refuse to smile and be nice to the kiddies."[71] This supported the opinion of many white fans that Russell (who was by then the highest-paid Celtic) was egotistical, paranoid and hypocritical. The already hostile atmosphere between Russell and Boston
Boston
hit its apex when vandals broke into his house, covered the walls with racist graffiti, damaged his trophies and defecated in the beds.[71] In response, Russell described Boston
Boston
as a "flea market of racism".[125] In King Of The Court by Aram Goudsouzian, he was quoted saying, "From my very first year I thought of myself as playing for the Celtics, not for Boston. The fans could do or think whatever they wanted."[126] Referring to a time when the Celtics could not sell out the Boston Garden despite hockey’s popularity in the same stadium, Russell recalled "We [the Celtics] did a survey about what we could do to improve attendance. Over 50 percent of responses said 'There’s too many black players.'"[127] In retirement, Russell described the Boston press as corrupt and racist; in response, Boston
Boston
sports journalist Larry Claflin claimed that Russell himself was the real racist.[128] The FBI
FBI
maintained a file on Russell; this lends credibility to his observations that racism was an active force against him. The FBI described Russell in his file as "an arrogant Negro who won't sign autographs for white children".[71] This clearly denotes a hostile attitude, and gives insight into the nature of Russell's public persona, which was often perceived by the mostly-white media as overly harsh. (Note also, Russell signs autographs for white children.[129]) Russell refused to attend the ceremony when his jersey #6 was retired in 1972; he also refused to attend his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1975.[69] While Russell still has sore feelings towards Boston, there has been something of a reconciliation;[130] and he has even visited the city regularly in recent years, something he never did in the years immediately after his retirement.[130] When Russell originally retired, he demanded that his jersey be retired in an empty Boston
Boston
Garden.[131] In 1995, the Celtics left Boston
Boston
Garden and entered the FleetCenter, now the TD Garden, and as the main festive act, the Boston
Boston
organization wanted to re-retire Russell's jersey in front of a sellout audience.[72] Perennially wary of what he long perceived as the racist city of Boston, Russell decided to make amends and gave his approval. On May 6, 1999, the Celtics re-retired Russell's jersey in a ceremony attended by his on-court rival (and friend) Chamberlain, along with Celtics legend Larry Bird
Larry Bird
and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The crowd gave Russell a prolonged standing ovation, which brought tears to his eyes.[131] He thanked Chamberlain for taking him to the limit and "making [him] a better player" and the crowd for "allowing [him] to be a part of their lives."[72] In December 2008, the We Are Boston
Boston
Leadership Award was presented to Russell.[132] On September 26, 2017, Russell posted a photograph of himself to a previously unused Twitter
Twitter
account in which he was taking a knee in solidarity with NFL players kneeling during the US national anthem. Russell wore his Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the image was captioned with "Proud to take a knee, and to stand tall against social injustice." In an interview with ESPN, Russell said he wanted the NFL players to know they weren't alone.[133] Statue[edit] Boston
Boston
honored Russell by erecting a statue of him on City Hall Plaza in 2013: he is depicted in-game, surrounded by 11 plinths representing the 11 championships he helped the Celtics win. Each plinth features a key word and related quote to illustrate Russell's multiple accomplishments. The Bill Russell
Bill Russell
Legacy Foundation, established by the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
Shamrock Foundation, funded the project.[134] The art is by Ann Hirsch of Somerville, Massachusetts, in collaboration with Pressley Associates Landscape Architects of Boston. The statue was unveiled on November 1, 2013, with Russell in attendance.[135][136][137][138] See also[edit]

Biography portal National Basketball
Basketball
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Selected publications[edit]

Russell, Bill; McSweeny, William (1966). Go Up for Glory. Coward-McCann.  Russell, Bill; Branch, Taylor (1979). Second Wind. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-394-50385-1.  Russell, Bill; Hilburg, Alan; Faulkner, David (2001). Russell Rules. New American Library. ISBN 0-525-94598-9.  Russell, Bill; Steinberg, Alan (2009). Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend. Harper. ISBN 978-0-06-176614-5. 

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Further reading[edit]

Goudsouzian, Aram (2010). King of the Court: Bill Russell
Bill Russell
and the Basketball
Basketball
Revolution. Berkeley: University of California Press. Heisler, Mark (2003). Giants: The 25 Greatest Centers of All Time. Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-577-1.  Kornheiser, Tony (1999). "Bill Russell: Nothing but a Man". In ESPN SportsCentury. Michael MacCambridge, Editor. New York: Hyperion-ESPN Books. pp. 178–89. Pluto, Terry (1992). Tall Tales: The Glory Years of the NBA in the Words of the Men Who Played, Coached, and Built Pro Basketball. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-74279-5.  Taylor, John (2005). The Rivalry: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball. New York City: Random House. ISBN 1-4000-6114-8. 

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K. C. Jones
(1990–1992) Bob Kloppenburg # (1992) George Karl
George Karl
(1992–1998) Paul Westphal
Paul Westphal
(1998–2000) Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
(2000–2005) Bob Weiss (2005–2006) Bob Hill
Bob Hill
(2006–2007) P. J. Carlesimo (2007–2008) Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks
(2008–2015) Billy Donovan
Billy Donovan
(2015– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
head coaches

Les Harrison (1948–1955) Bobby Wanzer (1955–1958) Tom Marshall (1955–1960) Charles Wolf (1960–1963) Jack McMahon (1963–1967) Ed Jucker (1967–1969) Bob Cousy
Bob Cousy
(1969–1973) Draff Young # (1973) Phil Johnson (1973–1978) Larry Staverman
Larry Staverman
# (1978) Cotton Fitzsimmons (1978–1984) Jack McKinney (1984) Phil Johnson (1984–1987) Jerry Reynolds # (1987) Bill Russell
Bill Russell
(1987–1988) Jerry Reynolds (1988–1990) Dick Motta
Dick Motta
(1990–1991) Rex Hughes # (1991–1992) Garry St. Jean
Garry St. Jean
(1992–1997) Eddie Jordan (1997–1998) Rick Adelman
Rick Adelman
(1998–2006) Eric Musselman (2006–2007) Reggie Theus
Reggie Theus
(2007–2008) Kenny Natt
Kenny Natt
# (2008–2009) Paul Westphal
Paul Westphal
(2009–2012) Keith Smart
Keith Smart
(2012–2013) Michael Malone (2013–2014) Tyrone Corbin
Tyrone Corbin
# (2014–2015) George Karl
George Karl
(2015–2016) Dave Joerger
Dave Joerger
(2016– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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UPI College Basketball Player of the Year
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year
Award winners

1955: Gola 1956: B. Russell 1957: Forte 1958: Robertson 1959: Robertson 1960: Robertson 1961: Lucas 1962: Lucas 1963: Heyman 1964: Bradds 1965: Bradley 1966: C. Russell 1967: Alcindor 1968: Hayes 1969: Alcindor 1970: Maravich 1971: Carr 1972: Walton 1973: Walton 1974: Walton 1975: Thompson 1976: May 1977: Johnson 1978: Lee 1979: Bird 1980: Aguirre 1981: Sampson 1982: Sampson 1983: Sampson 1984: Jordan 1985: Mullin 1986: Berry 1987: D. Robinson 1988: Hawkins 1989: Ferry 1990: Simmons 1991: O'Neal 1992: Jackson 1993: Cheaney 1994: G. Robinson 1995: Smith 1996: Allen

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Helms Foundation College Basketball
Basketball
Player of the Year

1905: Steinmetz 1906: Grebenstein 1907: Kinney 1908: Keinath 1909: Schommer 1910: Page 1911: Kiendl 1912: Stangel 1913: Calder 1914: Halstead 1915: Houghton 1916: Levis 1917: Woods 1918: Chandler 1919: Platou 1920: Cann 1921: Williams 1922: Carney 1923: Endacott 1924: Black 1925: Mueller 1926: Cobb 1927: Hanson 1928: Holt 1929: C. Thompson 1930: Hyatt 1931: Carlton 1932: Wooden 1933: Sale 1934: Bennett 1935: Edwards 1936: Moir 1937: Luisetti 1938: Luisetti 1939: Jaworski 1940: Glamack 1941: Glamack 1942: Modzelewski 1943: Senesky 1944: Mikan 1945: Mikan 1946: Kurland 1947: Tucker 1948: Macauley 1949: Lavelli 1950: Arizin 1951: Groat 1952: Lovellette 1953: Houbregs 1954: Gola 1955: B. Russell 1956: B. Russell 1957: Rosenbluth 1958: Baylor 1959: Robertson 1960: Robertson 1961: Lucas 1962: Hogue 1963: Heyman 1964: Hazzard 1965: Bradley & Goodrich 1966: C. Russell 1967: Alcindor 1968: Alcindor 1969: Alcindor 1970: Maravich & Wicks 1971: Carr & Wicks 1972: Walton 1973: Walton 1974: D. Thompson 1975: D. Thompson 1976: Benson & May 1977: Johnson 1978: Givens 1979: Bird

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West Coast Conference Men's Basketball
Basketball
Player of the Year

1953: Sears 1954: None selected 1955: Sears 1956: Russell 1957: Farmer 1958: Farmer & Wright 1959: Doss & Wright 1960: Grote 1961: Meschery 1962: Dinnel & Gray 1963: Gray 1964: Johnson 1965: Johnson 1966: Swagerty 1967: Swagerty 1968: Adelman 1969: Awtrey 1970: Awtrey 1971: Gianelli 1972: Stewart 1973: Averitt 1974: Oleynick 1975: Sobers 1976: Leite 1977: Cartwright 1978: Cartwright 1979: Cartwright 1980: Rambis 1981: Dailey 1982: Dailey 1983: Phillips & Suttle 1984: Stockton 1985: Polee 1986: Polee 1987: Thompson 1988: Middlebrooks 1989: Gathers 1990: Kimble 1991: Christie 1992: Christie 1993: D. Jones 1994: Brown 1995: Nash 1996: Nash 1997: Garnett 1998: Hendrix 1999: Schraeder 2000: K. Jones 2001: Calvary 2002: Dickau 2003: Stepp 2004: Stepp 2005: Turiaf 2006: Morrison 2007: Denison & Raivio 2008: Pargo 2009: Bryant 2010: Bouldin 2011: McConnell 2012: Dellavedova 2013: Olynyk 2014: Haws 2015: Pangos 2016: Collinsworth 2017: Williams-Goss 2018: Landale

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San Francisco Dons men's basketball
San Francisco Dons men's basketball
1954–55 NCAA champions

Stan Buchanan K. C. Jones Jerry Mullen Hal Perry Bill Russell
Bill Russell
(MOP)

Head coach Phil Woolpert

Assistant coach Ross Giudice

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San Francisco Dons men's basketball
San Francisco Dons men's basketball
1955–56 NCAA champions

4 K. C. Jones 6 Bill Russell 15 Gene Brown 17 Mike Farmer 18 Mike Preaseau 19 Carl Boldt 23 Hal Perry

Head coach Phil Woolpert

Assistant coach Ross Giudice

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NCAA Men's Division I Basketball
Basketball
Tournament Most Outstanding Player

1939: Hull 1940: Huffman 1941: Kotz 1942: Dallmar 1943: Sailors 1944: Ferrin 1945: Kurland 1946: Kurland 1947: Kaftan 1948: Groza 1949: Groza 1950: Dambrot 1951: Spivey 1952: Lovellette 1953: Born 1954: Gola 1955: Russell 1956: Lear 1957: Chamberlain 1958: Baylor 1959: West 1960: Lucas 1961: Lucas 1962: Hogue 1963: Heyman 1964: Hazzard 1965: Bradley 1966: Chambers 1967: Alcindor 1968: Alcindor 1969: Alcindor 1970: Wicks 1971: Porter * 1972: Walton 1973: Walton 1974: Thompson 1975: Washington 1976: Benson 1977: Lee 1978: Givens 1979: Johnson 1980: Griffith 1981: Thomas 1982: Worthy 1983: Olajuwon 1984: Ewing 1985: Pinckney 1986: Ellison 1987: Smart 1988: Manning 1989: Rice 1990: Hunt 1991: Laettner 1992: Hurley 1993: Williams 1994: Williamson 1995: O'Bannon 1996: Delk 1997: Simon 1998: Sheppard 1999: Hamilton 2000: Cleaves 2001: Battier 2002: Dixon 2003: Anthony 2004: Okafor 2005: May 2006: Noah 2007: Brewer 2008: Chalmers 2009: Ellington 2010: Singler 2011: Walker 2012: Davis 2013: Hancock 2014: Napier 2015: Jones 2016: Arcidiacono 2017: Berry II 2018: DiVincenzo

*Ruled ineligible after tournament

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1955 NCAA Men's Basketball
Basketball
Consensus All-Americans

First Team

Dick Garmaker Tom Gola Sihugo Green Dick Ricketts Bill Russell

Second Team

Darrell Floyd Robin Freeman Dickie Hemric Don Schlundt Ronnie Shavlik

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1956 NCAA Men's Basketball
Basketball
Consensus All-Americans

First Team

Robin Freeman Sihugo Green Tom Heinsohn Bill Russell Ronnie Shavlik

Second Team

Bob Burrow Darrell Floyd Rod Hundley K. C. Jones Willie Naulls Bill Uhl

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United States basketball squad – 1956 Summer Olympics
1956 Summer Olympics
– Gold medal

4 Cain 5 Hougland 6 Jones 7 Russell 8 Walsh 9 Evans 10 Haldorson 11 Tomsic 12 Boushka 13 Ford 14 Jeangerard 15 Darling Coach: Tucker

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1956 NBA Draft

Territorial pick

Tom Heinsohn

First round

Sihugo Green Bill Russell Jim Paxson Ronnie Shavlik Joe Holup Ron Sobieszczyk Hal Lear

Second round

Bob Burrow Willie Naulls Terry Rand Gary Bergen Paul Judson K. C. Jones Bob Kessler Phil Rollins

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NBA Most Valuable Player
NBA Most Valuable Player
Award

1956: Pettit 1957: Cousy 1958: Russell 1959: Pettit 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Russell 1962: Russell 1963: Russell 1964: Robertson 1965: Russell 1966: Chamberlain 1967: Chamberlain 1968: Chamberlain 1969: Unseld 1970: Reed 1971: Alcindor 1972: Abdul-Jabbar 1973: Cowens 1974: Abdul-Jabbar 1975: McAdoo 1976: Abdul-Jabbar 1977: Abdul-Jabbar 1978: Walton 1979: M. Malone 1980: Abdul-Jabbar 1981: Erving 1982: M. Malone 1983: M. Malone 1984: Bird 1985: Bird 1986: Bird 1987: Johnson 1988: Jordan 1989: Johnson 1990: Johnson 1991: Jordan 1992: Jordan 1993: Barkley 1994: Olajuwon 1995: Robinson 1996: Jordan 1997: K. Malone 1998: Jordan 1999: K. Malone 2000: O'Neal 2001: Iverson 2002: Duncan 2003: Duncan 2004: Garnett 2005: Nash 2006: Nash 2007: Nowitzki 2008: Bryant 2009: James 2010: James 2011: Rose 2012: James 2013: James 2014: Durant 2015: Curry 2016: Curry 2017: Westbrook

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NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game Most Valuable Player Award

1951: Macauley 1952: Arizin 1953: Mikan 1954: Cousy 1955: Sharman 1956: Pettit 1957: Cousy 1958: Pettit 1959: Baylor & Pettit 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Robertson 1962: Pettit 1963: Russell 1964: Robertson 1965: Lucas 1966: A. Smith 1967: Barry 1968: Greer 1969: Robertson 1970: Reed 1971: Wilkens 1972: West 1973: Cowens 1974: Lanier 1975: Frazier 1976: Bing 1977: Erving 1978: R. Smith 1979: Thompson 1980: Gervin 1981: Archibald 1982: Bird 1983: Erving 1984: Thomas 1985: Sampson 1986: Thomas 1987: Chambers 1988: Jordan 1989: Malone 1990: Johnson 1991: Barkley 1992: Johnson 1993: Stockton & Malone 1994: Pippen 1995: Richmond 1996: Jordan 1997: Rice 1998: Jordan 1999: No game played 2000: O'Neal & Duncan 2001: Iverson 2002: Bryant 2003: Garnett 2004: O'Neal 2005: Iverson 2006: James 2007: Bryant 2008: James 2009: Bryant & O'Neal 2010: Wade 2011: Bryant 2012: Durant 2013: Paul 2014: Irving 2015: Westbrook 2016: Westbrook 2017: Davis

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1956–57 NBA champions

6 Russell 14 Cousy 15 Heinsohn 16 Nichols 17 Phillip 18 Loscutoff 19 Risen 20 Hemric 21 Sharman 23 Ramsey 29 Tsioropoulos

Head coach Auerbach

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1958–59 NBA champions

6 Russell 14 Cousy 15 Heinsohn 16 Swain 17 Conley 18 Loscutoff 21 Sharman 23 Ramsey 24 S. Jones 25 K. Jones 29 Tsioropoulos

Head coach Auerbach

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1959–60 NBA champions

6 Russell 14 Cousy 15 Heinsohn 16 Richter 17 Conley 18 Loscutoff 20 Guarilia 21 Sharman 23 Ramsey 24 S. Jones 25 K. Jones

Head coach Auerbach

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1960–61 NBA champions

6 Russell 14 Cousy 15 Heinsohn 16 Sanders 17 Conley 18 Loscutoff 20 Guarilia 21 Sharman 23 Ramsey 24 S. Jones 25 K. Jones

Head coach Auerbach

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1961–62 NBA champions

4 Braun 6 Russell 14 Cousy 15 Heinsohn 16 Sanders 18 Loscutoff 20 Guarilia 21 Phillips 23 Ramsey 24 S. Jones 25 K. Jones

Head coach Auerbach

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1962–63 NBA champions

4 Lovellette 6 Russell 12 Swartz 14 Cousy 15 Heinsohn 16 Sanders 17 Havlicek 18 Loscutoff 20 Guarilia 23 Ramsey 24 S. Jones 25 K. Jones

Head coach Auerbach

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1963–64 NBA champions

4 Lovellette 6 Russell 12 Naulls 15 Heinsohn 16 Sanders 17 Havlicek 18 Loscutoff 20 Siegfried 21 McCarthy 23 Ramsey 24 S. Jones 25 K. Jones

Head coach Auerbach

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1964–65 NBA champions

5 Thompson 6 Russell 11 Counts 12 Naulls 15 Heinsohn 16 Sanders 17 Havlicek 20 Siegfried 21 Bonham 24 S. Jones 25 K. Jones

Head coach Auerbach

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1965–66 NBA champions

5 Thompson 6 Russell 11 Counts 12 Naulls 14 Watts 16 Sanders 17 Havlicek 18 Sauldsberry 19 Nelson 20 Siegfried 21 Bonham 24 S. Jones 25 K. Jones

Head coach Auerbach

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1967–68 NBA champions

6 Russell 11 Graham 12 Thacker 16 Sanders 17 Havlicek 18 Howell 19 Nelson 20 Siegfried 24 S. Jones 26 Weitzman 27 J. Jones 28 Embry

Head coach Russell

Regular season Playoffs

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Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
1968–69 NBA champions

6 Russell 7 Bryant 11 Graham 12 Chaney 16 Sanders 17 Havlicek 18 Howell 19 Nelson 20 Siegfried 24 Jones 26 Johnson 28 Barnes

Head coach Russell

Regular season Playoffs

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NBA season rebounding leaders

1951: Schayes 1952: Foust and Hutchins 1953: Mikan 1954: Gallatin 1955: Johnston 1956: Pettit 1957: Stokes 1958: Russell 1959: Russell 1960: Chamberlain 1961: Chamberlain 1962: Chamberlain 1963: Chamberlain 1964: Russell 1965: Russell 1966: Chamberlain 1967: Chamberlain 1968: Chamberlain 1969: Chamberlain 1970: Hayes 1971: Chamberlain 1972: Chamberlain 1973: Chamberlain 1974: Hayes 1975: Unseld 1976: Abdul-Jabbar 1977: Walton 1978: T. Robinson 1979: Malone 1980: Nater 1981: Malone 1982: Malone 1983: Malone 1984: Malone 1985: Malone 1986: Laimbeer 1987: Barkley 1988: Cage 1989: Olajuwon 1990: Olajuwon 1991: D. Robinson 1992: Rodman 1993: Rodman 1994: Rodman 1995: Rodman 1996: Rodman 1997: Rodman 1998: Rodman 1999: Webber 2000: Mutombo 2001: Mutombo 2002: Wallace 2003: Wallace 2004: Garnett 2005: Garnett 2006: Garnett 2007: Garnett 2008: Howard 2009: Howard 2010: Howard 2011: Love 2012: Howard 2013: Howard 2014: Jordan 2015: Jordan 2016: Drummond 2017: Whiteside

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NBA 25th Anniversary Team

F Bob Pettit F Dolph Schayes F Paul Arizin F Joe Fulks C Bill Russell C George Mikan G Bob Cousy G Bill Sharman G Bob Davies G Sam Jones

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NBA 35th Anniversary Team

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Elgin Baylor Wilt Chamberlain Bob Cousy Julius Erving John Havlicek George Mikan Bob Pettit Oscar Robertson Bill Russell Jerry West

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National Basketball
Basketball
Association's 50 Greatest Players in NBA History

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Nate Archibald Paul Arizin Charles Barkley Rick Barry Elgin Baylor Dave Bing Larry Bird Wilt Chamberlain Bob Cousy Dave Cowens Billy Cunningham Dave DeBusschere Clyde Drexler Julius Erving Patrick Ewing Walt Frazier George Gervin Hal Greer John Havlicek Elvin Hayes Magic Johnson Sam Jones Michael Jordan Jerry Lucas Karl Malone Moses Malone Pete Maravich Kevin McHale George Mikan Earl Monroe Hakeem Olajuwon Shaquille O'Neal Robert Parish Bob Pettit Scottie Pippen Willis Reed Oscar Robertson David Robinson Bill Russell Dolph Schayes Bill Sharman John Stockton Isiah Thomas Nate Thurmond Wes Unseld Bill Walton Jerry West Lenny Wilkens James Worthy

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Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame Class of 1975

Players

Joseph Brennan Bill Russell Fuzzy Vandivier

Contributors

Emil Liston

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Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame

Players

Guards

R. Allen Archibald Beckman Belov Bing Blazejowski Borgmann Brennan Cervi Cheeks Clayton Cooper-Dyke Cousy Dampier Davies Drexler Dumars Edwards Frazier Friedman Galis Gervin Goodrich Greer Guerin Hanson Haynes Holman Hyatt Isaacs Iverson Jeannette D. Johnson E. Johnson K. Jones S. Jones Jordan Kidd Lieberman Maravich Marcari Marčiulionis Martin McDermott McGrady D. McGuire Meyers R. Miller Monroe C. Murphy Nash Page Payton Petrović Phillip Posey Richmond Robertson Rodgers Roosma J. Russell Schommer Scott Sedran Sharman K. Smith Staley Steinmetz Stockton Swoopes Thomas Thompson Vandivier Wanzer West J. White Wilkens Woodard Wooden

Forwards

Arizin Barkley Barry Baylor Bird Bradley R. Brown Cunningham Curry Dalipagić Dantley DeBusschere Dehnert Endacott English Erving Foster Fulks Gale Gates Gola Hagan Havlicek Hawkins Hayes Haywood Heinsohn Hill Howell G. Johnson King Lucas Luisetti K. Malone McClain B. McCracken J. McCracken McGinnis McHale Mikkelsen C. Miller Mullin Pettit Pippen Pollard Radja Ramsey Rodman Schayes E. Schmidt O. Schmidt Stokes C. Thompson T. Thompson Twyman Walker Washington N. White Wilkes Wilkins Worthy Yardley

Centers

Abdul-Jabbar Barlow Beaty Bellamy Chamberlain Ćosić Cowens Crawford Daniels DeBernardi Donovan Ewing Gallatin Gilmore Gruenig Harris-Stewart Houbregs Issel W. Johnson Johnston M. Krause Kurland Lanier Leslie Lovellette Lapchick Macauley M. Malone McAdoo Meneghin Mikan Mourning S. Murphy Mutombo Olajuwon O'Neal Parish Pereira Reed Risen Robinson B. Russell Sabonis Sampson Semjonova Thurmond Unseld Wachter Walton Yao

Coaches

Alexeeva P. Allen Anderson Auerbach Auriemma Barmore Barry Blood Boeheim L. Brown Calhoun Calipari Cann Carlson Carnesecca Carnevale Carril Case Chancellor Chaney Conradt Crum Daly Dean Díaz-Miguel Diddle Drake Driesell Ferrándiz Gaines Gamba Gardner Gaze Gill Gomelsky Gunter Hannum Harshman Haskins Hatchell Heinsohn Hickey Hobson Holzman Hughes Hurley Iba Izzo P. Jackson Julian Keaney Keogan Knight Krzyzewski Kundla Lambert Leonard Lewis Litwack Loeffler Lonborg Magee McCutchan McGraw A. McGuire F. McGuire McLendon Meanwell Meyer Miller Moore Nelson Nikolić Novosel Olson Pitino Ramsay Richardson Riley Rubini Rupp Rush Sachs Self Sharman Shelton Sloan D. Smith Stringer Summitt Tarkanian Taylor Teague J. Thompson VanDerveer Wade Watts Wilkens G. Williams R. Williams Wooden Woolpert Wootten Yow

Contributors

Abbott Barksdale Bee Biasone H. Brown W. Brown Bunn Buss Clifton Colangelo Cooper Davidson Douglas Duer Embry Fagan Fisher Fleisher Gavitt Gottlieb Granik Gulick Harrison Hearn Henderson Hepp Hickox Hinkle Irish M. Jackson Jernstedt Jones Kennedy Knight J. Krause Lemon Liston Lloyd McLendon Lobo Mokray Morgan Morgenweck Naismith Newell Newton J. O'Brien L. O'Brien Olsen Podoloff Porter Raveling Reid Reinsdorf Ripley Sanders Saperstein Schabinger St. John Stagg Stanković Steitz Stern Taylor Thorn Tower Trester Vitale Wells Welts Wilke Winter Zollner

Referees

Bavetta Enright Garretson Hepbron Hoyt Kennedy Leith Mihalik Nichols Nucatola Quigley Rudolph Shirley Strom Tobey Walsh

Teams

1960 United States Olympic Team 1992 United States Olympic Team All-American Red Heads Buffalo Germans The First Team Harlem Globetrotters Immaculata College New York Renaissance Original Celtics Texas Western

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FIBA Hall of Fame
FIBA Hall of Fame
inductees

Coaches (22)

Alexeyeva Canavesi Díaz-Miguel Donohue Ferrándiz A. Gomelsky E. Gomelsky Gaze Iba Ivković Kondrashin Newell Nikolić Novosel Primo Rubini Smith Soares Stirling Summitt Yow Žeravica

Contributors (35)

Airaldi Rivarola Ashry Atakol Bouffard Busnel Calvo Carneiro Dos Reis Greim Hepp Jones Killian Klieger Kozlowski López Martín Naismith Otto Pitzl Popović Ramsay Samaranch Šaper Saporta Scuri Seguro de Luna Semashko Seye Moreau Stanković Steitz Stern Ueda Vitale Wahby Yoon

Players (55)

A. Belov S. Belov Berkovich Cameron Chazalon Ćosić Cruz Dalipagić Daneu Delibašić Divac Donovan Edwards Epi Fasoulas Furlong Galis Gaze Gonçalves González Herrera Jean-Jacques Jordan Kićanović Korać Kukoč Maciel Marcari Marčiulionis Martín Marzorati Meneghin Meyers Miller Mujanović Olajuwon O'Neal Pasos Petrović Raga Rigaudeau Robertson Robinson Rodríguez Ronchetti Russell Sabonis Schmidt Semjonova Slavnić Timms Tkachenko Valters Voynova Zasulskaya

Teams (1)

United States Men's 1992 Olympic Dream Team

Technical officials (14)

Arabadjian Bain Belošević Blanchard Dimou Hopenhaym Kassai Kostin Lazarov Pfeuti Rae Reverberi Rigas Righetto

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NBA on CBS

Related programs

The CBS Late Movie College Basketball
Basketball
on CBS

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Ratings

NBA Finals

Commentators

All-Star Game NBA Finals

Key figures

Gary Bender Tim Brant Bob Costas Don Criqui Eddie Doucette Frank Glieber Greg Gumbel Jim Kelly Verne Lundquist Brent Musburger Andy Musser Jim Nantz Don Robertson Dick Stockton Pat Summerall

Color commentators

John Andariese Rick Barry Hubie Brown Elgin Baylor James Brown Quinn Buckner Doug Collins Billy Cunningham Terry Dischinger Len Elmore Keith Erickson John Havlicek Tom Heinsohn Rod Hundley Gus Johnson Steve Jones Sonny Jurgensen Stu Lantz Kevin Loughery Pete Maravich Jon McGlocklin Dick Motta Jeff Mullins Billy Packer Bill Raftery Cal Ramsey Oscar Robertson Mendy Rudolph Bill Russell Cazzie Russell Larry Steele Lenny Wilkens

Sideline reporters

Charlsie Cantey Jane Chastain Irv Cross Jim Gray Sonny Hill Andrea Joyce Pat O'Brien Lesley Visser

NBA Finals

1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

All-Star Game

1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

Lore

Music "The Bad Boys" Christmas Day "The Greatest Game Ever Played" "The Shot"

Rivalries

Celtics–Lakers Lakers–Pistons

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NBA on ABC

Related programs

NBA Countdown NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad NBA Inside Stuff NBA Saturday Primetime NBA Sunday Showcase

NBA on ESPN

Radio NBA Wednesday NBA Friday WNBA on ESPN

NBA Drafts

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Non-NBA programs

ESPN
ESPN
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on ABC Olympics on ABC

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Key figures

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Play-by-play

Mike Breen Jim Durham Bill Flemming Chet Forte Jim Gordon Curt Gowdy Chuck Howard Keith Jackson Mark Jones Jim McKay Al Michaels Brent Musburger Brad Nessler Dave Pasch John Saunders Chris Schenkel

Color commentators

Greg Anthony Hubie Brown Bob Cousy Sean Elliott Len Elmore Tim Legler Mark Jackson Steve Jones Johnny Kerr Dan Majerle Jack Ramsay Doc Rivers Bill Russell Tom Tolbert Jack Twyman Jeff Van Gundy Bill Walton Jerry West

Sideline reporters

David Aldridge Doris Burke Howard Cosell Heather Cox Dave Diles Israel Gutierrez Mark Jones Sal Masekela Tom Rinaldi Craig Sager Lisa Salters Michele Tafoya Bob Wolff

Studio hosts

Michelle Beadle Dan Patrick Stuart Scott Sage Steele Hannah Storm Mike Tirico Michael Wilbon

Studio analysts

Jon Barry Chauncey Billups Chris Broussard Doug Collins Steve Javie Avery Johnson Magic Johnson George Karl Scottie Pippen Jalen Rose Byron Scott Bill Simmons

ABC Radio announcers

Marv Albert Dave Barnett Chick Hearn Rod Hundley Steve Jones Fred Manfra Earl Monroe Johnny Most Oscar Robertson Dick Vitale

NBA Finals

1965 (Games 1, 5) 1966 (Games 1, 5) 1967 (Games 2, 5) 1968 (Games 1, 4) 1969 (Games 3, 5-7) 1970 1971 1972 1973 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

ABC Radio's coverage

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

WNBA Finals

2003 (Game 2 on ABC) 2004 2005 (Game 3 on ABC) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 (Game 1 on ABC) 2011 2012 2013 2014 (Game 1 on ABC) 2015 (Game 1 on ABC) 2016 (Game 1 on ABC) 2017 (Game 1 on ABC)

All-Star Game

1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973

ABC Radio's coverage

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990

Lore

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ESPN
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lore

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v t e

NBA on TBS

Related programs

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NBA All-Star
Weekend NCAA Men's Division I Basketball
Basketball
Championship

Related articles

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Key figures

Marv Albert Tim Brando Kevin Calabro Chip Caray Skip Caray Jim Durham Mike Gorman Kevin Harlan Verne Lundquist Bob Neal Mel Proctor Dick Stockton Ron Thulin Pete Van Wieren

Color commentators

Danny Ainge John Andariese Rick Barry Hubie Brown Quinn Buckner Doug Collins Chuck Daly Mike Fratello Walt Frazier Jack Givens Mike Glenn Rod Hundley Steve Jones John MacLeod Don Nelson Bill Raftery Doc Rivers Oscar Robertson Bill Russell John Thompson Dick Versace Bill Walton

Studio hosts

Vince Cellini Fred Hickman Ernie Johnson Jr.

Studio analysts

Scott Hastings Kenny Smith Reggie Theus Peter Vecsey

Sideline reporters

Kevin Kiley Cheryl Miller Craig Sager

Contributors

Bryan Burwell Jim Huber

NBA Drafts

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

Music

"The Payback" "Takin' Care of Business" "Bad" "Higher Ground"

Lore

Christmas Day Celtics–Pistons rivalry

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Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
Sportsperson of the Year

1954: Roger Bannister 1955: Johnny Podres 1956: Bobby Morrow 1957: Stan Musial 1958: Rafer Johnson 1959: Ingemar Johansson 1960: Arnold Palmer 1961: Jerry Lucas 1962: Terry Baker 1963: Pete Rozelle 1964: Ken Venturi 1965: Sandy Koufax 1966: Jim Ryun 1967: Carl Yastrzemski 1968: Bill Russell 1969: Tom Seaver 1970: Bobby Orr 1971: Lee Trevino 1972: Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King
& John Wooden 1973: Jackie Stewart 1974: Muhammad Ali 1975: Pete Rose 1976: Chris Evert 1977: Steve Cauthen 1978: Jack Nicklaus 1979: Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw
& Willie Stargell 1980: U.S. Olympic Hockey Team 1981: Sugar Ray Leonard 1982: Wayne Gretzky 1983: Mary Decker 1984: Edwin Moses
Edwin Moses
& Mary Lou Retton 1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1986: Joe Paterno 1987: Bob Bourne, Judi Brown King, Kipchoge Keino, Dale Murphy, Chip Rives, Patty Sheehan, Rory Sparrow, & Reggie Williams 1988: Orel Hershiser 1989: Greg LeMond 1990: Joe Montana 1991: Michael Jordan 1992: Arthur Ashe 1993: Don Shula 1994: Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair
& Johann Olav Koss 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. 1996: Tiger Woods 1997: Dean Smith 1998: Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire
& Sammy Sosa 1999: U.S. Women's Soccer Team 2000: Tiger Woods 2001: Curt Schilling
Curt Schilling
& Randy Johnson 2002: Lance Armstrong 2003: David Robinson & Tim Duncan 2004: Boston
Boston
Red Sox 2005: Tom Brady 2006: Dwyane Wade 2007: Brett Favre 2008: Michael Phelps 2009: Derek Jeter 2010: Drew Brees 2011: Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski
& Pat Summitt 2012: LeBron James 2013: Peyton Manning 2014: Madison Bumgarner 2015: Serena Williams 2016: LeBron James 2017: José Altuve
José Altuve
& J. J. Watt

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Boston
Boston
Celtics

Founded in 1946 Based in Boston, Massachusetts

Franchise

Franchise Team history All-time roster Seasons Accomplishments Head coaches Current season

Arenas

Boston
Boston
Arena Boston
Boston
Garden Hartford Civic Center TD Garden

Administration

Boston
Boston
Basketball
Basketball
Partners (owner) Wyc Grousbeck (CEO) Wyc Grousbeck, H. Irving Grousbeck, Stephen Pagliuca (managing partners) Danny Ainge
Danny Ainge
(General manager) Brad Stevens
Brad Stevens
(Head coach)

General managers

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Hall of Famers

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
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Culture

Celtic Pride Greatest game ever played Tommy Points "Love ya, Cooz!" Close, but no cigar! Bill Russell Beat L.A. Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies Mike Gorman Johnny Most "Havlicek stole the ball!" Henderson steals the ball! Bird steals the ball! Boston
Boston
Garden North Station Larry Legend DJ The Chief The Truth The Sports Museum
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NBA Championships (17)

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