VIDEO: Celtics icon Bill Russell congratulates LeBron James, Lakers while wearing Kobe Bryant cap
The legend was also seen wearing a hat with the initials of the late Lakers star Kobe Bryant who passed away earlier this year in his congratulatory message posted on Twitter:
It’s odd not being @ #NBAFinals but @MiamiHEAT put up a good fight Strange times in the @NBA Bubble. I may not be there but I want to say Congratulations to @KingJames for winning the #BillRussellFinalsMVPaward & Congratulations to the @lakers #ForKobeAndGigi #MambaOut @NBAonABC pic.twitter.com/p91H7Td3t0
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) October 12, 2020
The Louisiana native has been no stranger to the NBA Finals where he won 11 rings as a member of the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969. During his 13-year playing career, the Celtics only failed to make it to the Finals once back in 1967 when Boston was eliminated by Philadelphia in the Division Finals.
Two of his rings came when he served as a coach to the Celtics from 1966 to 1969. His stacked career resume also includes five NBA MVP honors, 12 NBA All-Star appearances, 1963 NBA All-Star Game MVP, and three All-NBA first-team selections.
He was also a key figure in multiple celebrated encounters against the Lakers franchise which gave birth to a classic rivalry between the two teams.
Russell has presented the Finals MVP trophy to the winner every year since the award was named after him back in 2009. He didn’t go on a trip to the Orlando bubble due to health and safety concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the 4-2 series win, Lebron James garnered his fourth NBA title along with his fourth Bill Russell Finals MVP award. He became the first player to win the honor with three different teams, namely twice with the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and now with the Los Angeles Lakers.