Bill Russell Paved the Way for Black Coaches to Defy Doubters

Bill Russell and Red Auerbach came to an agreement. Auerbach, the longtime Boston Celtics coach, had confided in Russell that he planned to retire from coaching. Russell and Auerbach had created a dynasty together, with Russell dominating at center and Auerbach cementing their championship victories with plumes of celebratory cigar smoke. They would each write … Read more

Bill Russell Hailed Across Basketball Generations

Bill Russell had more NBA championship rings than he had fingers and as many Most Valuable Player Awards as all other Boston Celtics players combined. But in the hours after Russell’s family announced his death on Sunday, NBA players remembered him as so much more. Legend. Trailblazer. “Everything we all aspired to be,” Isiah Thomas, … Read more