Sunday, June 8

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES: NBA Greats - Bill Russell

“It's kind of tough. We have off Easter Monday and we can't practice.”

"Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory."




Playing thirteen years for the Boston Celtics, Bill Russell won five NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and an absolutely amazing eleven NBA Championships over that span. Russell's shot-blocking and man-to-man coverage skills were a major reason for the dominance of the Celtics during the late 1950's and most of the 1960's. Considered the greatest defensive center in professional basketball history Delayed his professional career so he could play in the 1956 Olympics; the US team took the gold Had a well-known professional rivalry with Wilt Chamberlain In 1980, was voted Greatest Player in the History of the NBA by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America As Celtics' coach in 1967, became the first-ever black NBA head coach Refused to sign autographs and did not attend his induction into basketball's Hall of Fame in 1975 Here is a video clip, (May 2008) of Russell speaking with Kevin Garnett... If you don't get this, then you don't get sports, period.

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