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Bill Russell schooled LeBron James on his NBA Mount Rushmore

Bill RussellLeBron James put himself on the NBA’s hypothetical Mount Rushmore last week, leaving out some of the best players who have ever played the game in the process. Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was one of them.

Russell won 11 NBA championships — that’s right, 11 — during his 14-year NBA career. His run included eight-straight NBA titles from 1959 to 1956, which probably put fans of every other NBA team to sleep for the better part of a decade. At the All-Star Game on Sunday night, TNT’s Craig Sager said Russell had a word with LeBron about his Mount Rushmore.

“LeBron James was talking to Bill Russell and Bill said, ‘Hey, thank you for leaving me off your Mount Rushmore.’ He said, ‘I’m glad you did. Basketball is a team game, it’s not for individual honors. I won back-to-back state championships in high school, back-to-back NCAA championships in college, I won an NBA championship my first year in the league, an NBA championship in my last year, nine in between. And that, Mr. James, is etched in stone.”

LeBron has said several times (mostly before he won his first championship) that he does not believe championships define a career. The thing that irritated most people about LeBron’s Mount Rushmore is that he put himself on it, which is awfully cocky.

Kobe Bryant was also asked the Mount Rushmore question on Sunday night, and he gave a more humble response than King James.

“I would say Magic, Bird, Michael, and Russell,” Bryant said, via ESPNLosAngeles.com. “That’s impossible to do four, though, man. Come on. That’s crazy. That’s tough. Absolutely tough.”

Bryant said there is no way to not leave someone out when choosing four people, which is true. However, LeBron could have left one less person out by not choosing himself. That was probably the message Russell was trying to relay to him.

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Bill Russell arrested at airport for having loaded gun in his carry-on

Bill RussellNBA legend Bill Russell was arrested on Wednesday at Seattle-Tacoma International airport for having a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage, according to reports.

King 5 TV reporter Chris Daniels tweeted the news Friday night and noted that Russell had a loaded .38 caliber gun in his carry-on bag. KIRO-TV adds that the gun was found at a routine security checkpoint inside the airport.

KIRO says Russell had a permit for the gun and was released.

Firearms can be transported if the traveler declares them to the airline ahead of time. Russell failed to do so.

Russell won a record 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. The NBA Finals MVP award is named after him. He lives in Mercer Island, which is east of Seattle.

Russell’s shocking arrest for packing heat at the airport led to this classic meme created by Hempstead Huddle, who photoshopped Russell into Ice Cube in “Boyz N the Hood”:

H/T The Point Forward

Bill Russell takes a man-sized yawn (GIF)

Bill Russell is 79 years old, so don’t mind him if the old man gets a little sleepy during Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

There he was, the former Boston Celtics legend, taking a giant yawn towards the end of the third quarter of the game. Hey, it was around 11:00 p.m. at the time, who can blame him? I’m less than half his age and had to nap before this game. But let’s not forget the important lesson here: when the NBA Finals MVP trophy is named after you, you can do whatever you want.

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Phil Jackson would start team with Bill Russell over Michael Jordan

Bill RussellPhil Jackson has coached two of the greatest basketball players ever, yet he wouldn’t choose either one of them first if he were starting a team.

During an interview with Time, the former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach said he would take Bill Russell first if he were starting a team, not Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.

“In my estimation, the guy that has to be there would be Bill Russell,” Jackson answered when asked, via SI’s The Point Forward. “He’s won 11 championships as a player. That’s really the idea of what excellence is, when you win championships.”

Time’s Belinda Luscombe followed up that question by asking Jackson whom he would choose between MJ and Kobe. Though excerpts from his new book “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success” make it seem like he leans towards Jordan, Jackson mostly avoided answering the question.

“I would flip a coin,” Jackson said. “Whichever one came up heads or tails, I’d take that person. They were that good.”

Jackson caused a stir when the book excerpts made it seem like he was picking MJ over Kobe in the historical debate. Bryant seemed to take issue with Jackson’s commentary and tweeted out a response:

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George Stephanopoulos confuses Bill Russell for Morgan Freeman (Picture)

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Apparently Morgan Freeman is a big Boston Celtics fan. Who knew? Wait, that’s not Morgan Freeman. The legendary actor may be a green teamer for all we know, but that would be Celtics legend Bill Russell.

Russell attended Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration on Monday morning, and George Stephanopoulos accidentally identified him as Freeman during ABC’s telecast of the event. One is a Hall of Fame actor and one is a Hall of Fame basketball player. Russell has more NBA championship rings than fingers. Freeman’s award shelf looks much different.

Aside from the fact that they are both older African-American men with facial hair, Russell and Freeman have very little in common. Rough miscue for Stephanopoulos. It happens.

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