Bill Russell Immortalized
Consider Bill Russell immortalized. The 11-time champion with the Boston Celtics now has a 6 foot ten, 600-pound statue outside of Boston’s City Hall. Russell’s jersey may have been retired all the way back in 1972, but it took over 40 years for a statue to be built in honor of his name.
Despite the delay, however, the Celtics did the right thing by building a statue of Russell while he is still alive to see it. The impact that Russell has had on the game of basketball and society as a whole cannot be understated. Russell was not just a great basketball player, but a great human being and activist. The latter point is the reason why Russell's statue was not erected in front of Boston's arena, but in front of City Hall. Clearly, if there is any NBA legend that deserves the recognition of a statue, it is the type of person that is not only a champion on the court, but off of it as well.