posted at 3/31/2013 10:41 AM EDT
In response to Duke4's comment:
on Bill Russell.....
Wilt Chamberlain..."he was the toughest for me to play against"
Jerry West after losing yet again to the Celts in 1969..."If I had my pick of any one player to build a team around, it would definitely be Bill Russell...no question"...
Russ cared about winning championships more than individual statistics.....that mindset was what set him apart from every other player in league history
From 1954/55 through 1968/69 he accomplished the following:
Led the University of San Francisco to back to back undefeated seasons and won two national titles
Led the USA to the Gold Medal in the 1956 Olympics
Led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals twelve times in 13 years, winning 11 NBA Titles
That is a total of 14 rings over a 15 year span.....the man was a winner who made everyone around him elevate their game...
And don't forget to mention, in 1958 he sprained his ankle in the finals against the Hawks and could not play. They would have easily won that year as well. Comparing anyone to Russell is impossible, nobody has achieved what he has so there are no comparisons.
I know you know this Duke.