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  1. #21

    The Real Pearl

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven43 View Post
    Earl “The Pearl” Monroe?
    And where would the Pearl have been without Dancing Harry?
    dancHarry1.jpg
    https://blackmeninamerica.com/i-reme...y-harold-bell/

    Duke could use a funky dancing demon at home games, ala Harry.

    Larry
    DevilHorse

  2. #22
    There was no greater winner in team sports. I hope the younger generation doesn’t forget Bill Russell, even if they never saw him play or heard him speak.

  3. #23
    A number of years ago, I saw a few basketball games announced by Bill Russell. He along with Al Mcquire were two of my favorite announcers for basketball.
    I was a huge fan of Bill and the Celtics when he was winning all those championships. He has to be in the conversation for greatest basketball player of all time. Bill was a great ambassador for basketball and will be deeply missed.

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    Finals MVP Award

    This to me is the greatest honor for Bill Russell, naming the Finals MVP Award after him.

    https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nba/...jtpsp188blunre

    He defined the Finals and personified winning. Naming the trophy after him makes sure kids will never forget who he was and what he accomplished.

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    Any kid who aspires to block shots playing basketball should be forced to watch five minutes of Bill Russell action. As Red Auerbach said, none of this "blocking the ball into the third balcony" stuff; Bill was a master at gently blocking the ball and then either grabbing it or tipping it to a teammate...

  6. #26
    I’m jealous of those of you who watched Russell play. I’m old enough to have seen him but I was raised by Pentecostal grandparents who unfortunately thought tv was the Devil’s playground (watching tv today they may have been onto something!). So my pro bball viewing was delayed until I went to college in NJ in 1970. I remember watching the likes of Earl Monroe, “DeBush”, Bill Bradley, Havlicek, Cowens, etc, but unfortunately Russell retired one year prior so I never got to see him play. I’ve never been one to watch old games on Youtube but maybe it’s time to make an exception? Anyone have any Russell Youtube games to recommend? Doesn’t need to be an important playoff game - just some good games while he was still near his prime.

  7. #27
    I "met" Bill Russell at Wash U in 2013. A family member of his (grandson?) was graduating from law school. Tried to get a picture with him (I asked after he was just standing there not talking to anybody for 5+ minutes, wasn't a picture from afar), but the person who he was with (spouse?) shooed me away, hahaha, and I didn't get the picture. Meanwhile, he didn't say anything or have any expression to my request. I googled him afterward and does seem like he wasn't necessarily a fan of giving out signatures and tried to avoid it, so makes some sense. I get that celebrities don't want to be constantly inundated. Of course, I'm not suggesting this is a knock on his character at all -- but that was my one and only personal interaction. I'm not old enough to have seen him play, but clearly he was a dominant force and has done great work after basketball with his life. Perhaps the greatest "winner" in basketball history. RIP Bill Russell!! You will be missed.

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    Heard a stat about Russell on NBA Radio this afternoon, in his career (College, Olympics and Pros) he played in 21 elimination games and was 21-0 in those games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluedog View Post
    I "met" Bill Russell at Wash U in 2013. A family member of his (grandson?) was graduating from law school. Tried to get a picture with him (I asked after he was just standing there not talking to anybody for 5+ minutes, wasn't a picture from afar), but the person who he was with (spouse?) shooed me away, hahaha, and I didn't get the picture. Meanwhile, he didn't say anything or have any expression to my request. I googled him afterward and does seem like he wasn't necessarily a fan of giving out signatures and tried to avoid it, so makes some sense. I get that celebrities don't want to be constantly inundated. Of course, I'm not suggesting this is a knock on his character at all -- but that was my one and only personal interaction. I'm not old enough to have seen him play, but clearly he was a dominant force and has done great work after basketball with his life. Perhaps the greatest "winner" in basketball history. RIP Bill Russell!! You will be missed.
    For guys who didn't get to see him play...you can read about his shot blocking and rebounding, but the thing that always impressed me was the outlet pass. After grabbing a rebound, it was almost instantaneous that he would make an outlet pass, usually to mid court, often to K.C. Key to the Celtics fast break.

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    Hadn't recalled this, but Russell was a standout in track and field also. From wiki:

    Besides basketball, Russell represented USF in track and field events. He was a standout in the high jump and according to Track & Field News was ranked the seventh-best high-jumper in the world in 1956, his graduation year, despite not competing in Olympic high-jump competition.[19][40] That year, Russell won high jump titles at the Central California Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) meet, the Pacific AAU meet, and the West Coast Relays (WCR). One of his highest jumps occurred at the WCR, where he achieved a mark of 6 feet 9+1⁄4 inches (2.06 m);[41] at the meet, Russell tied Charlie Dumas, who would later in the year win gold in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia for the United States and become the first person to high-jump 7 feet (2.13 m).[42] 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.[43][44] He also competed in the 440 yards (402.3 m) race, which he could complete in 49.6 seconds.[45]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_R...rack_and_field

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    Quote Originally Posted by roywhite View Post
    Hadn't recalled this, but Russell was a standout in track and field also. From wiki:

    Besides basketball, Russell represented USF in track and field events. He was a standout in the high jump and according to Track & Field News was ranked the seventh-best high-jumper in the world in 1956, his graduation year, despite not competing in Olympic high-jump competition.[19][40] That year, Russell won high jump titles at the Central California Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) meet, the Pacific AAU meet, and the West Coast Relays (WCR). One of his highest jumps occurred at the WCR, where he achieved a mark of 6 feet 9+1⁄4 inches (2.06 m);[41] at the meet, Russell tied Charlie Dumas, who would later in the year win gold in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia for the United States and become the first person to high-jump 7 feet (2.13 m).[42] 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.[43][44] He also competed in the 440 yards (402.3 m) race, which he could complete in 49.6 seconds.[45]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_R...rack_and_field
    Thanks for sharing that Roy. Such an amazing athlete and man.
    "This is the best of all possible worlds."
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  12. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by roywhite View Post
    Hadn't recalled this, but Russell was a standout in track and field also. From wiki:

    Besides basketball, Russell represented USF in track and field events. He was a standout in the high jump and according to Track & Field News was ranked the seventh-best high-jumper in the world in 1956, his graduation year, despite not competing in Olympic high-jump competition.[19][40] That year, Russell won high jump titles at the Central California Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) meet, the Pacific AAU meet, and the West Coast Relays (WCR). One of his highest jumps occurred at the WCR, where he achieved a mark of 6 feet 9+1⁄4 inches (2.06 m);[41] at the meet, Russell tied Charlie Dumas, who would later in the year win gold in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia for the United States and become the first person to high-jump 7 feet (2.13 m).[42] 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.[43][44] He also competed in the 440 yards (402.3 m) race, which he could complete in 49.6 seconds.[45]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_R...rack_and_field
    Well if he could hurdle 6’ 9 1/2” did he ever just run down the court and hurdle over a defender and keep running to the basket? I want to see that video!

  13. #33
    Hope y’all are ready for this!

    https://youtu.be/JWelUNrJUMM

    Holy s#@%!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven43 View Post
    Hope y’all are ready for this!

    https://youtu.be/JWelUNrJUMM

    Holy s#@%!!!
    Impressive. Kinda shoots holes in the 'no good athletes back then' argument, doesn't it?

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    Sad news. Bill Russell was a true champion. On the court and off.
    RIP Champ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Impressive. Kinda shoots holes in the 'no good athletes back then' argument, doesn't it?
    yeah, Bob Cousy has every reason to key JJ Redick's car (not that bad was an incredible run/jump athlete, but the man could play).

  17. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by Steven43 View Post
    Hope y’all are ready for this!

    https://youtu.be/JWelUNrJUMM

    Holy s#@%!!!
    I love it - would be 11’s in a dunk contest!

    But what I really wish he would have done for fun is jump over a defender at mid-court and kept running for the basket. He certainly had the ability to pull it off and it would have been hilarious.

  18. #38
    Quote Originally Posted by rsvman View Post
    Impressive. Kinda shoots holes in the 'no good athletes back then' argument, doesn't it?
    You’re certainly right about that. Bill Russell would have been a dominant athlete — and a winner — in any era. 🍀

    As an aside, this is the first in my life that I’ve been in a world without Bill Russell…….and it feels weird. And not a good weird. 😞

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