Bill Russell hangs out with Kyrie Irving, Zach LaVine, and Jamal Crawford
Despite his old age, basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell has been a staple presence in watching NBA games and events. Recently, the eleven-time world champion with the Boston Celtics spent some time watching NBA stars Kyrie Irving, Zach Lavine, and Jamal Crawford during a pick-up game.
Russell posted their group picture in his Twitter account.
Spent the morning watching some really good ball players @KyrieIrving @ZachLaVine & @JCrossover not too bad. My #MondayMotivation to keep me working out. @nba @BleacherReport @espn @celtics @chicagobulls @ATLHawks @Timberwolves almost a starting lineup pic.twitter.com/WzZunm82DJ
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) August 20, 2018
Usually, legends of his age don’t go about spending time with young guns like Irving and Lavine. But the fact that the 84-year old actively uses Twitter (with a great hashtag game) makes him different.
But Russell has never been passive throughout his career. As much as he was a great teammate, he was even more influential in the community. MassLive’s Marty Martinez and David Sharpio had their take on how Russell used his stature as a driving force in fighting for the rights of the people.
“Russell’s incredible athletic ability and unequivocal leadership skills provided him with a platform to give voice to human rights issues, to advocate for equality – even marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to create a legacy that will ensure our city and our country’s young people have the opportunities for which he fought.”
Pegged as arguably the greatest teammate of all-time, he led the Celtics to eleven championships, making the green-and-white one the most decorated franchises in league history. And even when he already retired from playing the game, he still mentored a lot of young players. One of them was Los Angeles Lakers legend himself, Kobe Bryant.
“He’s won a lot of championships. We all know that,” Bryant said, referring to Russell. “But every championship team he’s been on had a different dynamic, had a different challenge that he had to deal with from teammates not seeing eye-to-eye, guys to believe or fit into their system, their role, dealing with success, pulling a team out of failure, … all those things are things that I have gone to him for.”
Bill Russell is truly a magnificent guiding light for young players in need of direction not just in their basketball career, but in life as well.