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A Bright Spot On A Cloudy Day: Bill Russell To Get Statue In Boston

 

Amidst the bickering of whether your 2010-11 Boston Celtics are nearing the end of their road in the NBA Playoffs, comes some terrific news announced via press release by the Boston Celtics this afternoon: At long last, the immortal number 6, will be getting a statue in Beantown. Here’s a portion of the team’s press release:

The Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation in partnership with the newly formed Bill Russell Legacy Committee announced today they will erect a statue of Bill Russell in the city of Boston designed by a local artist. In commemoration of Russell’s accomplishments as the greatest champion in the history of professional sports, as a national leader in human rights and as a dedicated advocate for youth mentoring, the Bill Russell Legacy Project will also develop a Mentoring Grant program in Russell’s name to ensure his passion is carried on by expanding the resources for mentoring programs in the city of Boston.

“We are honored to play a role in paying tribute to such an extraordinary athlete, leader and legacy,” Boston Celtics Managing Partner/Co-owner and President of the Shamrock Foundation Stephen Pagliuca said. “Bill Russell will forever be remembered in Boston, and it’s fitting that the ultimate benefactors of his legacy will be future generations of our beloved city’s youth.”

“I am uncomfortable with honors such as this but my years as Captain of the Boston Celtics were the proudest moments of my career,” Boston Celtics Legend Bill Russell said. “Mayor Menino’s Boston has proven to be a City that embraces the diverse contributions of all its people and neighborhoods. I am thankful to the Celtics and all the contributors for the effort to create such a wonderful Mentoring program.”

Truly great news for C’s fans and a well-deserved and extremely overdue honor for Mr. Russell himself. A man who also deserves a good deal of kudos is WEEI’s Paul Flannery whose article on the lack of a statue last year, in Boston Magazine, which brought the issue back to the forefront of issues for both the team and the city. Luckily, the problem has now been corrected, in no small part thanks to Flannery.

  • Batman

    Yes!

  • Morpheus

    "Overdue" is the undertstatement of the last decade.

    Sign from the Basketball Gods. The quest for Banner 18 is STILL ALIVE!!!

  • janos

    Is Proud Day for team Bryan. Thank you.

  • MikeD

    That is awesome

  • I_Love_Green

    About damn time. The greatest winner in basketball history deserved this a lot earlier.

    Congrats Bill!!

    • Batman

      COUNT DA RINGZ

      • I_Love_Green

        TOO MANY TO COUNT SON!

  • tom gaydy

    THATS AWESOME!!!!!!! almost forgot our team is one loss away form going into rebuild mode. 1986-2008 was a long. long time.

    • I_Love_Green

      Len Bias, Reggie Lewis….oh what could have been.

      • Morpheus

        KG's injury…Powe's injury….jokes(half)

      • Batman

        I feel bad he died. But what i really hate: How we missed out on such POTENTIAL. He was supposedly the next Jordan yes he could have been a bust or average, BUT HE COULD HAVE EXTENDED OUR DYNASTY TO THE 90s!

    • Batman

      Let's just hope if we do rebuild, it doesn't take anothe 22 years to build a contender

      • MikeD

        gotta wait and see what the new CBA looks like before we can think about that. But sadly, it tends to take quite a while to rebuild in the NBA. Thankfully they have Rondo locked up on a great contract to build around

  • James Patrick

    Hey, here's another one. Lakers lose again! hahahaha! two in a row on their home court! We're not even that bad! LOL

  • someguyinsac

    Way off topic, but hey the Lakers are in the hole by 2 too.

  • lakershater13

    At least our 0-2 was on the road. Dallas needs to win 2 out off 3 at home. Bye Lakers. If we can pull this series out of our you know what I guess we won't play the lakers.

  • James Patrick

    Exactly. their 0-2 sucks harder than our 0-2. lol Ahh, finally, I smile for the first time since last night. lol

  • kricky

    Misery loves company.

  • Zee

    Another bright spot… Lakers down 0-2 against the Mavs at home and give the Celtics a break from all the criticism! LOL!

  • diehardceltic

    Bill Russell derserves the honor!!!!

    In other news, Woke up with a smile after seeing the Laker's loss!! Ah the world is def a better place now!

  • Zee

    ‎"Crazy as it sounds, no team is in worse shape right now than the Los Angeles Lakers, who lost two games at home and are now a .500 team (4-4) in the postseason." http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2011/05/05/under-th

  • James Patrick

    Did you guys take a vacation?! Word on the street is Shaq is playing game 3. Where's the update?

    • someguyinsac

      It's Cinco de Mayo, they're still on siesta.

      • Batman

        Get outside and grab a beer!

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