Bill Russell11 times NBA champion with Boston Celticswas also known for his civil rights activism and for always brightening up a room with his laugh.
Russell, 88, had the perfect sense of humor to go along with his words of wisdom and, in addition to working in the black community, some of his best moments off the court came when he was having fun.
One of Russell’s most memorable moments was the moment he passed out. Charles Barkley in NBA Awards 2018.
Barkley represented Lifetime Achievement Award to Oscar Robertson but he took the time to thank all the NBA legends in attendance.
When Barkley thanked Russell, the Celtics legend ripped him off on air, and later apologized and jokingly said he couldn’t help but show the bird to Charles.
Bill Russell tells Shaq he’ll kick his ass.
The year before Russell dumped Barkley, he went viral on NBA Awards 2017 for telling others Hall of Fame centers he’ll kick their ass with, including the most dominant big man who ever lived Shaquille O’Neal.
When Russell was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, he pointed to Shaq: Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dikembe Mutombo, alonzo mourning as well as David Robinson before telling them that he will kick their ass.
Russell was known for his great defense, but it’s hard to imagine him being able to stop a top notch Shaq.
Shaq has always respected the big people who came before him, including Russell.
Bill Russell with Kobe Bryant
Russell’s other great moment was with Shaq’s former teammate, the late great Kobe Bryant.
During 2008 NBA All-Star GameRussell told Bryant that he was watching basketball, trying to decipher each player’s agenda and see how well he was doing it.
Bryant told Russell that he was doing the same and that was because he had read his book.
in NBA The legend then goes on to tell Bryant that he couldn’t be more proud of him if he were his own son.