February 6, 2023

Corridor of Fame basketball participant Invoice Russell, who received 11 titles with the Boston Celtics (eight consecutively from 1958-1966), handed away Sunday. Born on February 12, 1934, in Monroe, Louisiana, Russell performed for the College of San Francisco, successful two NCAA championships, earlier than being drafted by Celtics coach Purple Auerbach in a commerce to the St. Louis Hawks for Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan in 1956. He grew to become a five-time MVP and 12-time All-Star.

Along with weeklong commentary, interviews and company, SiriusXM NBA Radio (Ch. 86) continues to pay tribute to Russell’s life and legacy with two specials:

August 2 at 4pm and 8pm ET

Hear the re-airing of an unique one-hour dialog Invoice Russell had with Mark Thompson for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2014. Invoice mentioned his reminiscences of Martin Luther King, his circle of relatives, and the significance of social justice in America.

August 3 at 7pm ET

Rick Kamla and Eddie Johnson focus on Invoice Russell’s historic profession and play again the fourth quarter of his closing recreation. In Recreation 7 of 1969, Invoice led the Celtics to a two-point victory over Jerry West and the Lakers as Boston received their eleventh championship in 13 seasons.


Russell’s Twitter account posted Sunday that “probably the most prolific winner in American sports activities historical past [had] handed away peacefully as we speak at age 88, along with his spouse, Jeannine, by his facet.”

The assertion continued, “Maybe you’ll relive one or two of the golden moments [Russell] gave us, or recall his trademark chuckle as he delighted in explaining the true story behind how these moments unfolded.”

Consistent with these needs, SiriusXM is sharing reminiscences of Russell’s storied skilled sports activities profession in addition to his lifelong social justice efforts.

On SiriusXM NBA Radio (Ch. 86), Eddie Johnson remembers, “After I bought traded to Seattle, Okay.C. Jones — clearly [Bill’s] heavenly brother proper now — was the coach. And Invoice would come to observe on a regular basis. And at instances, he would disrupt observe, and it will drive Okay.C. loopy. However Okay.C. would by no means say something, proper? … After which [Bill would] begin laughing.”

“Because of [basketball] being a younger sport, sadly, now we have to look at our legends go on,” Amin Elhassan shares.

On Mad Canine Sports activities Radio (Ch. 82), Stephen A. Smith mentioned, “Being a Black man within the Civil Rights period and doing the issues that he did by way of his management, not simply as a participant, not simply as a coach, however because the face of a franchise in a metropolis as contentious as Boston was throughout that time period — you simply can’t say sufficient in regards to the phenomenal determine that he was.”

Former Celtic Brian Scalabrine remembers when he about to signal with Boston, he discovered himself sitting on a aircraft subsequent to fellow Seattle resident Invoice Russell: “He didn’t know who I used to be, however as soon as I launched myself — ‘I’m enjoying for the Celtics subsequent yr,’ ‘Oh, yeah, I do know you, I’ve seen you play’ — just about, like, give it some thought. I’m on a red-eye flight with Invoice Russell, and he’s speaking the entire evening via.”

Hear extra tributes to Invoice Russell via the week on SiriusXM’s sports activities channels, or search “Invoice Russell” on the SXM App.


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