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Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:02 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 5:58 pm
Celtics Hall of Fame center Bill Russell will be honored with a statue in Boston. Posted by Ben Golliver.

It's been quite the year of awards for legendary Boston Celtics center Bill Russell. Back in February, Russell was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. On Wednesday, the Celtics announced that Russell will be honored with a statue in his likeness in Boston.
The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation in partnership with the newly formed Bill Russell Legacy Committee announced today they will erect a statue of Bill Russell in the city of Boston designed by a local artist. In commemoration of Russell’s accomplishments as the greatest champion in the history of professional sports, as a national leader in human rights and as a dedicated advocate for youth mentoring, the Bill Russell Legacy Project will also develop a Mentoring Grant program in Russell’s name to ensure his passion is carried on by expanding the resources for mentoring programs in the city of Boston.
“I am uncomfortable with honors such as this but my years as Captain of the Boston Celtics were the proudest moments of my career,” Boston Celtics Legend Bill Russell said. “Mayor Menino’s Boston has proven to be a City that embraces the diverse contributions of all its people and neighborhoods. I am thankful to the Celtics and all the contributors for the effort to create such a wonderful Mentoring program.” notes that other sports legends have been honored with statues and that Obama was one of Russell's advocates.
Many of Boston's sports legends, including Bobby Orr, Ted Williams, Red Auerbach, Doug Flutie and Harry Agganis, all have statues.
"I hope that one day in the streets of Boston, children will look up at a statue built not only to Bill Russell the player, but Bill Russell the man," Obama said.
Russell is regarded as basketball's all-time greatest champion, winning 11 NBA titles during his playing career, a gold medal with Team USA and two NCAA titles at the University of San Francisco. In addition to his five MVP awards, he was named to the All-Star team 12 times.

A lasting monument to Russell in the city of Boston has been the subject of much talk among media and fans in recent months. Honestly, you could build an entire Easter Island full of Bill Russell statues and it still wouldn't fully commemorate his contributions to the game of basketball and to the Celtics. 

Look for a Shaquille O'Neal statue to be erected next to the Russell statue in the year 20never.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:31 pm

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

I have nothing against Doug Flutie in any way shape or form. You mean to tell me that Doug Flutie has a statute in Boston and the man that was the Captain and won 11 championships with the green uniform of the Celtics and coached the Celtics also does not have a statute in the city of Boston?

This is horrible and a down right shame. I do not want to diminish the accomplishments of Doug Flutie, however, there is no denying the accomplishments of Bill Russell.

I have never been a Celtic fan, it was and still is against the law in my family to like the ucla bruins, Boston Celtics and Notre Dame. It just is not done.

The fact that Bill did so much for the Celtics should have placed him in the forefront of anyone else that would have a statute in Boston. Ted Williams, Orr, and Red no argument or problem but Doug Flutie?


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:02 pm

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston


Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 4:12 pm

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

The Celtics came to St. Louis and Kiel Auditorium to play the Hawks one winter night in '62 or '63.  The Hawks stole the ball in transition and soon were on a 4 on 1 break against Russell who hadn't come up the floor yet.  A few passes later Russell swatted the ball away, fast break foiled.  Later in the game all 5 or our Hawks were in the Celtic half court against only Bill Russell.  This time he stole the ball and threw it down court for a simple Celtic basket.  Russell was, according to LA Times great Jim Murray, the greatest 6'10" pickpocket in history.  'He didn't just steal a watch, he stole Big Ben, with the bobbies watching.'

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:52 pm

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

What seems really incomprehensible is the fact that Doug Flutie got a statue before Bill Russell.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:33 am

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

Not to be out done............Milwaukee is getting a Paul Mokeski Statue

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:08 am

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

     A great gesture by the City of Boston to a true champion.  Bill Russell won at all levels and didn't demand the spotlight- he was happy to share in the glory with his teammates.  Congrats to you, Mr. Russell!

     But why include the backhanded slap at Shaquille O'Neal at the end?  Dumb!



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:56 am

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

Not just the greatest champion in pro sports, the greatest champion PERIOD. The man won it all, everything there was to win. There will never be another Bill Russell. On top of all that, Russell was and is a tireless campaigner for civil rights. He always saw the Big Picture.  A statue is the least that could be done for this man. Congratulations and this is long overdue.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:44 am

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

Yes, that's The Man.  He was also an honoree at the event.


Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:59 pm

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

Congrats to Bill, but don't wait for one to go up in Sacramento...not his finest years.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:41 pm

Bill Russell statue to be built in Boston

Not to take anything away from Bill Russell, the statue is long overdue, but in the photo was that Stan Musial in the background?

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