Bill Russell steals show at NBA Awards ceremony
Legendary basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell received the NBA Lifetime Achievement Award at the NBA Awards ceremony on Monday night.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar presented the award to Russell and when he took the stage he pointed his finger at Abdul Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Dikembe Mutombo and David Robinson and said, “I would kick your ass.”
In 1956, Russell was drafted to the St. Louis Hawks before his draft rights were traded to the Celtics under the then coach Red Auerbach. In his 13 year-career, all of with were with the Celtics, Russell won 11 championships, was a five-time NBA MVP and a 12-time All-Star.
Russell averaged 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists throughout his career while shooting 44 percent from the field.
He became the first African American head coach in a major professional sports league for the Celtics in 1966 and led the team in 1968 and 1969 to two NBA championships. He was also the first African American inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.
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