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Russell will always be underrated

Posted by shawn cassidy on July 30, 2011 at 10:33 AM

He's often lost in the shuffle. Is it the 11 championships? Do we also forget he won five MVP's? Even in the 60's Russell was mistaken on the streets by fans,and they called him Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt Chamberlain was his sparing partner for a decade. Wilt scored 100 in one game,and his legend took off. Wilt was great,and he deserved everything.


Russell wasn't a flashy scorer,but he was a defensive force that fueled the Celtics. It wasn't pretty,but he was willing to do it to win NBA championships. The majority of centers,and even other position players pass Russ on a lot of all time player lists. I like to call Russell the greatest winner of all time. He wasn't the best player,but he was so concerned about winning. He would vomit before each game,and if he didn't Red would think something was wrong with Russ.


How do you feel about Russell,and his place in NBA history?


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Reply Celtics#1Fan
3:17 PM on July 30, 2011 
Being a Celtics fan I'm obviously biased. But numbers don't lie. Russ won 11 championships in 13 years. Counting his last two years of college in which he won consecutive NCAA titles with the USF Dons (have they even made the tournament since 1956), and throw in the 1956 Olympic Gold Medal, Russell is without a doubt the greatest winner in team sports history. Period. Bar none. End of story. Another remarkable thing about Russell's championships in Boston is that he is the ONLY player to have won been on the team that won Banner 1, and the only one left from the Banner 1 team to Banner 11 team. There was a complete roster overhaul, and he was the only constant.

I get so sick of Jordan was the greatest ever. If he was so great, why did he play baseball in the middle of his championship run? He was burned out? My ass. I think the league forced him to take a sabbatical because he gambling became problematic, and this is just my opinion, but I think he may have been betting on his own games, ala Pete Rose, and the NBA quietly suspended him. Hell, even Havlicek has 8 rings compared to Jordan's 6. Screw Jordan. The greatest winners ever wore Green and White.
Reply shawn cassidy
5:51 PM on July 30, 2011 
Jordan,and his gambling issues seem to be under the rug. Havlicek went through two generations of Celtics championship era's.
Reply paul
12:15 PM on July 31, 2011 
I agree with Celtics#1Fan, in that Russell's record as a winner is unparalleled to my knowledge. I think it is because Russell, perhaps more than any other player ever, truly understood that a team game is a team game. It seems such a simple thing, such an obvious thing, but it is the rarest attribute.