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Who is Bill Russell? Only one of the best in basketball!

Bill has quite the bio by leading the Boston Celtics to an unprecedented 11 championships in just 13 seasons. He started off with the University of San Francisco where he led them to consecutive NCAA titles before going pro with the Celtics in 1956. Over the course of his 13-year career, Russell steered the club to 11 titles. He retired in 1969 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame six years later.

Top Ten Basketball Insights from legendary coach Bill Russell:

  1. “Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute”
  2. “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory”
  3. “The most important thing to me is the friends that I’ve made”
  4. “The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play”
  5. “Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him”
  6. “Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered”
  7. “What distinguishes a great player is his presence. When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere”
  8. “The only important statistic is the final score”
  9. “The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot”
  10. “Durability is part of what makes a great athlete”

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