When it came to winning, Bill Russell was in league of his own | Opinion

Boston Celtics legendary center Bill Russell has a light moment while answering questions from members of the media after a Celtics team practice in Waltham, Mass., on Oct. 11, 1999. The NBA great died at age 88. His family said on social media that Russell died Sunday, July 31, 2022. Russell anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 titles in 13 years.

Angela Rowlings, Associated Press

There are a lot of ridiculous debates in NBA circles about who is the Greatest of All Time — the GOAT — most of them centered around Michael Jordan and the self-promoting LeBron James, who has openly proclaimed himself the greatest, more than once (“I am the greatest basketball player people have ever seen …”). There are other players who get some mention, as well.

But all of them take a back seat to one man who is never mentioned. He was the greatest player ever in a totally quantifiable way. He was the GOAT when it came to winning, and ultimately isn’t that the point? He was the greatest champion in basketball — and all of sports.

Bill Russell was a 6-foot-10, left-handed center for the Boston Celtics from 1956 through the 1968-69 season. With a couple of glaring exceptions, his offensive stats are relatively modest. He averaged 15 points and 4.3 assists per game. He was not a natural shooter from the field, and he was a terrible free-throw shooter, making about half his shots. But he also averaged 22.5 rebounds per game — over his entire career. Only Wilt Chamberlain averaged more …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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