The President And Bill Russell Combine For One Really Great Hug

Bill Russell and President Obama share an embrace underneath the recently unveiled Russell statue. It looks like Bill Russell gives the best hugs. » 11/04/13 5:31pm 11/04/13 5:31pm

Bill Russell Arrested In Seattle Airport On Gun Charges

The 79-year-old Celtics Hall of Famer was arrested at a security checkpoint Wednesday night at Sea-Tac International Airport for allegedly bringing a loaded handgun into a prohibited area. Russell had a permit for the gun and was later released, but still, what the hell? » 10/19/13 9:04am 10/19/13 9:04am

Let's Relive Bill Russell Yawning In Super Slow Motion

When your career includes 11 NBA championships, two NCAA championships, an Olympic gold medal, five NBA MVP trophies, and getting confused for Morgan Freeman, we imagine pretty much anything basketball-related might bore you to tears. » 6/21/13 9:00am 6/21/13 9:00am

He Punches like a Fucking Mule Kick

Here is a good story from "Second Wind: Memoirs of an Opinonated Man," by Bill Russell with the historian Taylor Branch (1979, Random House; currently out-of-print). It’s about Russell’s grandfather and his mule, Kate. Russell’s family was from Monroe, La., and he lived down there until he was about ten (his family… » 5/30/13 8:43am 5/30/13 8:43am

LeBron's Fourth MVP Is Pushing Him Into Ludicrous Territory

Reports are swarming that LeBron James will be named the NBA’s MVP for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Somehow this makes Derrick Rose’s 2011 MVP — the only blemish in that stretch for LeBron — seem all the more impressive, if all the more anomalous. Only four other players (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill… » 5/04/13 4:50pm 5/04/13 4:50pm

The Philadelphia District Attorney Trolled Andrew Bynum's Bum Knees

Today Philadelphia's district attorney got on the Twitter to muse about opening an investigation into Andrew Bynum's lack of contributions to the local basketball club. This fellow Seth Williams did so because Bynum, a very talented and thus very expensive professional basketball player, has earned a great deal of… » 3/02/13 6:35pm 3/02/13 6:35pm

Here's Old Footage Of Bill Russell Going Coast To Coast And Jumping…

This clip popped up on YouTube two days ago. According to the uploader, that's a young Bill Russell—playing for the University of San Francisco—grabbing a defensive rebound, streaking down the court on a one-man fast break, and jumping over some poor sap while gracefully laying the ball in. According to us, Bill… » 2/25/13 3:35pm 2/25/13 3:35pm

Inauguration Day In Post-Racial America: George Stephanopoulos Thinks…

Never mind that Morgan Freeman looks nothing like the 6-foot-10 NBA Hall of Famer: The Celtics cap with Russell's number on it apparently wasn't enough of a clue for Stephanopoulos, either. With a nudge from David Remnick, Stephanopoulos—a Massachusetts native—quickly corrected himself. But not before his error was… » 1/21/13 11:55am 1/21/13 11:55am

Remembering When Bill Russell Played A Corrupt Judge On Miami Vice

I'd love to know the backstory behind this inspired bit of casting. Who is it that looks at a script calling for a corrupt Miami judge and says, "Get me Bill Russell on the phone now!" Indeed, in a second-season episode of Miami Vice, Russell makes a star turn as a crooked judge who pays off gambling debts by taking… » 8/03/12 9:15am 8/03/12 9:15am

Eleven Championships And Tremendous Savings On Your Long Distance Bill

From J.E. Skeets and The Basketball Jones comes this tremendous video of a 1973 Bill Russell commercial in which he attempts to save you money on your long distance bill. » 8/13/06 5:11pm 8/13/06 5:11pm