"Rare Video Of Bill Russell Leaping Over A Defender In College"
In case someone ever wants to argue with you about who the greatest athlete in team sports was: Bill Russell's team played for a championship 16 times. Bill Russell's team won 14 times. One of the other two times he was injured and didn't play.
There is no discussion. There is no debate.
“Forget the stories of magic leprechauns in the rafters of Boston Garden and how the cramped visitors’ dressing room and psychological games created some sort of Celtics’ mystique,” Oscar Robertson observed. “No matter how good the players surrounding him were, no matter how competitive his coach was, Bill Russell was the Celtics’ mystique.”
“He was the greatest,” admired Knicks center Willis Reed, who would get anxious before All-Star games about letting down his East teammate. Russell’s teammates never wanted to let him down — not even in All-Star games.
“Bill’s the most valuable player in the history of the game,” legendary Sixers coach Alex Hannum said. “He’s proved the unheralded parts of the game, defense and rebounding, really are as important as shooting and playmaking.”