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  1. Bill Russell on young stars

    Henry Abbott

    Bill Russell tells NBA.com that he is not yet back on the golf course, but will be in six weeks or so after undergoing open heart surgery to repair a faulty valve about three weeks ago. His condition, he says, is not serious, because he does not d...

    Blog | September 13, 2012
  2. Bill Russell and Boston: Unfinished business

    Henry Abbott

    Bill Russell the domineering NBA center, title machine and winner has been more than embraced by Boston. He's not just part of the Celtic legacy. He's the foundation of it. But what about Russell, the iconic civil rights leader, proud and prick...

    Blog | November 29, 2010
  3. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Guess who played major roles shaping Kobe Bryant? Pop legend Michael Jackson was one, Celtic legend Bill Russell was another. Also, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Video reveals at least one, if not two travels in Blake Griffin's spin move breakaway dun...

    Blog | November 23, 2010
  4. Greg Oden's story isn't about basketball, for now

    Henry Abbott

    Photo courtesy of Tom LipmanIt's missing the point, now, to worry about contracts or statistics. Greg Oden. The world got to know him as a basketball player: The magnificent Ohio State big man, the top overall draft pick, the next Bill Russell. ...

    Blog | November 19, 2010
  5. Bill Russell to receive the Medal of Freedom

    Henry Abbott

    Matt Viser of the Boston Globe reports: Obama will name Russell as one of the recipients of a 2010 Medal of Freedom, according to a White House official. He joins a range of others, including former President George H. W. Bush, Chancellor Angela Mer...

    Blog | November 17, 2010
  6. Jerryd Bayless goes Bill Russell on Game 7

    Henry Abbott

    Do you know what Blazer guard Jerryd Bayless did for Game 7 of the NBA Finals? He was in Los Angeles, at a friend's house, with his game face on. He writes that not long before tip-off, he started feeling light-headed and sweaty, with plenty of dizzi...

    Blog | June 25, 2010
  7. On Yelling at Referees

    Henry Abbott

    With the referees locked out, and nasty things being said about them generally, especially in the wake of the Tim Donaghy scandal, I have been thinking a little about how so many people have come to have such strong feelings about the people in the s...

    Blog | October 01, 2009
  8. When Bill Russell Writes About Red Auerbach

    Henry Abbott

    One of the most examined relationships in basketball is the one that resulted in the sport's greatest dynasty -- that between Red Auerbach and Bill Russell. Bill Russell just published a book describing that relationship from the inside, remember...

    Blog | May 05, 2009
  9. The Shootaround

    Henry Abbott

    A circular firing squad in Phoenix. Chris Paul leaves defenses running in circles. Quin Snyder comes full circle in Austin. Circle the wagons with the TrueHoop Network: Michael Schwartz of Valley of the Suns: "Thi...

    Blog | February 16, 2009
  10. The Mind Games of Bill Russell

    Henry Abbott

    At the NBA's offices in Secaucus, New Jersey, they have a wall covered with old magazine covers starring NBA players. One of those covers has a picture of Bill Russell, with a headline about the mind games he uses on opponents. "Oh man," I thought to...

    Blog | July 30, 2008
  11. Lakers on the Razor's Edge

    Henry Abbott

    In 2002, Kobe Bryant had a shot at matching Bill Russell's 11 titles. (Getty Images) On June 12, 2002 I stood in a crowded, smelly hallway underneath the stands of New Jersey's Meadowlands. A few minutes earlier, at mid-court, David Stern had pres...

    Blog | May 02, 2007
  12. Tuesday Bullets

    Henry Abbott

    Greatest center of all time. A big ol' ESPN.com ranking that I got to vote on, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar comes out on top. On Chad Ford's podcast I make the case that Bill Russell is the man. If being the greatest winner in team sports history doesn't ...

    Blog | March 06, 2007
  13. The DC Sports Bog is Must Read

    Henry Abbott

    Just about everything about this post--the "black hand side," the Agent Zero movie trailer, the plays written by Bill Russell's brother (who knew?), and the germophobe comments--is essential viewing....

    Blog | February 05, 2007
  14. Basketball Legends vs. Racism

    Henry Abbott

    The founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame includes John Wooden, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Dean Smith and Dr. James Naismith. Adande reported on the proceedings in Kansas City to kick the thing off, and used his blog t...

    Blog | November 21, 2006
  15. Rivalry Author John Taylor on NPR

    Henry Abbott

    John Taylor wrote a book called The Rivalry: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball and he talked to Scott Simon about it on NPR. There's also a sample chapter on the NPR website....

    Blog | December 05, 2005
  16. Bill Russell on NPR

    Henry Abbott

    Ed Gordon is no Tavis Smiley (anyone who calls his show "News and Notes" lacks the entertainer's flair), but the interviewer aside, it's always fun to listen to Bill Russell. He has way too much pride and ego to be politically correct, and he's not m...

    Blog | November 18, 2005