For so many reasons, there just hasn’t been anyone like Russell.
He was an 11-time champion and one of the most talented players ever.
All these years after his retirement, no one has come close to some of his achievements.
Bill Russell was the definition of clutch 🥶 pic.twitter.com/0shouKVbkY
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 3, 2022
For example, Russell was 21-0 in winner-take-all games.
And ten of those games were pivotal Game 7s.
Russell didn’t just lead his team, he carried them across the finish line at the most crucial points.
For this and many other reasons, no one else will ever be like Russell.
The Legend Of Russell
There are some people who comment on the fact that Russell’s NBA looked a lot different from the one we see today.
That is very true but that doesn’t mean that he was a slouch.
In some ways, the NBA was actually harder than the one we have now.
In other words, no one should downplay what Russell did and what he was capable of and what he means to the league.
No one has ever been clutch like Russell was and no one has been so pivotal to a team as he was too.
And the 11 rings in 13 years speak for themselves – that’s just an astonishing, jaw-dropping figure.
Of course, Russell also had a strong mind and opinion and wasn’t afraid to share them.
His willingness to speak his mind was a first for the NBA and it radically changed the way people viewed popular athletes.
There are so many reasons why Russell was so important to the world of sports.
It is not a cliche to say that he will truly never be forgotten.