I wondered why he had delayed accepting the ring for so long. He clearly deserves the honor and is a man have long admired...even as a lonetime fan of the NY Knicks (back when they used to be a real team ).
Post by timholycross on Nov 17, 2019 8:58:41 GMT -5
Would have loved seeing Russell play against Kareem, who he missed by a year or two. Wilt, who didn't have all that much left in the tank, gave the (then) kid fits, wonder how #33 would have fared against #6.
Interesting question Imo Russell would not have stopped Kareem’s sky hook. Wilt bullied the young Kareem with his superior strength, Russ’ finesse would have made other scoring weapons hard for Kareem, but not the primary weapon.
The greatest ever, and no player in any sport will ever match his record of 11 World Championships.
When he plays, he basically won the championship.
He was injured in Game 3 of the 1958 finals with the series tied 1-1 and did not play again.
So Russell played and failed to win it all twice. 1967 when the Celts lost to the 76ers in the Eastern Conf finals and in 1954 when, as a sophomore in college, his USF Dons failed to qualify for the tournament.
two time NCAA champion. . . Olympic gold medalist . . . 11 for 13 NBA championships (and was out injured for one of the two losses.) Kind of impressive
Russell won when he had the best team and won his last 2 championships on teams that clearly were not the most talented team in the league. They beat the defending champion 76ers in 67-68 after finishing 8 games behind them in the regular season came back from a 3-1 deficit in the series, and the next year after finishing 4th in the East in the regular season went on to win the crown defeating Wilt, West and Baylor in the finals.