Bill Russell died yesterday at the age of 88. A huge icon of the NBA has left, leaving behind a legacy that is almost difficult to express as it is so substantial and diverse. From the University of San Francisco to Boston then in his post-career, Bill has always been unanimous in his basketball. Beyond sport, he will have marked his time by committing himself very actively to the cause of equality. We had to talk about it, and pay homage.
Bill Russell, a name that evokes so many things. So much so that it’s hard to even know where to start. Eleven NBA championship title, inequality record for the moment and probably quiet for another hell of a lease. Five MVP trophies, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has done better. Twelve All Star selection, in thirteen years of career, let us remember. Advanced defensive principles that will forever revolutionize basketball. Bill Russell is also a name that sounds like a commitment. The one against racism, against the racial segregation that is still in place in the United States. Initiated many actions such as the boycott of a gala match in 1961 in Lexington, after he and some of his teammates had to do with a restaurant refusing to serve them because of their skin color . Bill Russell was finally sunshine for the NBA. A man who has never been bitter in the face of the evolution of his sport, who has always kindly accompanied the young shoots landing in the middle. Bill Russell was all that. The grandfather of the NBA is gone. Thank you, thank you for everything.
You know the song: we find an armchair or a place to settle down cushy, we grab something to snack on during the aperitif if we are hungry, we comment if we want to share our opinion with friends. For the rest, we take care of everything!