He was an NBA Legend
Although Bill Russell was never an NBA Finals MVP, the league decided to name the award after him, but why?
Bill Russell has just passed away due to unrevealed circumstances but after having a long battle with health issues.
According to AP, He was “The most prolific winner in NBA history, Russell marched with Martin Luther King Jr., supported Muhammad Ali, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. The centerpiece of the Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years, Russell earned his last two NBA titles as a player-coach – the first Black coach in any major U.S. sport.”
By being an outstanding member of the league and everyone having a huge amount of respect
When being commemorated for the award he gave some heartfelt words “This is one of my proudest moments in basketball, because I determined early in my career, the only important statistic in basketball is the final score,”
“This is a bittersweet award,” Russell continued “I just lost my special person. But I wanted to thank my teammates because we played a team game quite well. I accept this for my team, and my team included our coach, Red Auerbach, and all my teammates over the years. This is quite flattering.”
“What I’m going to do next week is visit my father’s grave, because he was my hero,” Russell said. “And I’m going to share that with him.”
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