For so many reasons, there’s no one like Russell.
He was an 11-time champion and one of the most talented players of all time.
Even after so many years of his retirement, no one has come close to some of his achievements.
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For example, Russell was 21-0 in the winner-take-all game.
And ten of those games were significant Game 7s.
Russell not only led his team, he led them across the finish line at the most crucial points.
For this and many other reasons, there will never be another like Russell.
There are some people who comment on the fact that Russell’s NBA looks very different from what we see today.
This is very true but it does not mean that he was a jumbled person.
In some ways, the NBA was actually tougher than we have now.
In other words, no one should underestimate what Russell did and was capable of doing and what he means to the league.
No one has ever been as clutch as Russell and no one has been as important to the team as he was.
And the 11 rings in 13 years speak for themselves – it’s just one stunning, jaw-dropping figure.
Of course, Russell also had a strong mind and opinions and was not afraid to share them.
His willingness to speak his mind was a first for the NBA and it fundamentally changed the way people viewed popular athletes.
There are many reasons why Russell is so important to the world of sports.
It’s no cliché to say that he will never truly be forgotten.