Celtics Legend Bill Russell Accepts Hall-of-Fame ring 44 Years Later

After 44 years, Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell has accepted his Hall of Fame ring.

Russell was the first African-American player to be elected into the Hall of Fame back in 1975. However, the former Celtics superstar refused to be the first black player to go into the Hall of Fame for particular reasons.

Via Jasmyn Wimbish of CBS Sports:

Russell said he “refused being the first black player to go into the Hall of Fame,” and felt “others before me should have that honor.” The 11-time champion then went on to show support for Chuck Cooper who was only just recently enshrined in the Hall of Fame in September.

In a private ceremony w/my wife & close friends A.Mourning @AnnMeyers @billwalton & others I accepted my #HOF ring. In ’75 I refused being the 1st black player to go into the @Hoophall I felt others before me should have that honor. Good to see progress; ChuckCooperHOF19 @NBA pic.twitter.com/2FI5U7ThTg

– TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) November 15, 2019

Russell, as we all know, is one of the best players in NBA history. He spent his entire career with the Celtics, where he won 11 titles, five MVP awards and made the All-Star team 12 times.

In 963 games with the Celtics, Russell averaged 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He shot 44.0 percent from the field. Blocks weren’t a stat when Russell was playing, otherwise he would have put up massive numbers in that category.

This is a great moment for Russell. The Celtics, as an organization, are happy that Russell finally got his Hall of Fame ring.

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Christian Yelich claps back at Cubs pitcher who suggested cheating: ‘Nobody needs help facing you’

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Christian Yelich (22) homers off Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish. (Photo: Brian Cassella, TNS)

The uproar in Major League Baseball over the Houston Astros stealing signs electronically has begun branching out to other teams, including the Brewers, and it led to a pointed remark from Christian Yelich on Twitter on Friday, directed at Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish.

In the aftermath of the Astros news, the Brewers and Rangers were mentioned by St. Louis writer Jeff Jones as other teams he had heard dabbling in the practice from other big-league players.

On Friday, the main account for popular Cubs and Chicago sports website Bleacher Nation tweeted video showing Christian Yelich’s eyes darting to the side during a 2019 at-bat against Yu Darvish, intimating that he was quickly seeing something in the Brewers bullpen that was tipping him to the pitch that was coming.

Darvish ultimately responded to another tweet that referenced the video, saying, “I’m not sure what he is trying to do. But to be clear, his eyes move first. That’s why I step off.”

Yelich, who learned Thursday that he had finished second in the 2019 NL MVP voting, wasn’t having it, writing back, “Be better than this. Nobody needs help facing you”

Darvish immediately tried to diffuse the situation but … hoo boy. Did someone once say this Cubs-Brewers thing wasn’t a rivalry?

For what it’s worth, Yelich is a career 4 of 11 against Darvish with two homers.

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Bill Russell accepts his Basketball Hall of Fame ring

Russell didn’t attend his induction ceremony in 1975.

Bill Russell is ready to accept the most prestigious title a basketball player can earn: Hall of Famer.

The Celtics legend said on Twitter on Friday that he received his Hall of Fame ring in a private ceremony. Russell was selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. However, he did not attend the induction ceremony.

Russell tweeted that he refused to be the first black player to go into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

“I felt others before me should have that honor. Good to see progress,” Russell said in a tweet on Friday.

In a private ceremony w/my wife & close friends A.Mourning @AnnMeyers @billwalton & others I accepted my #HOF ring. In ’75 I refused being the 1st black player to go into the @Hoophall I felt others before me should have that honor. Good to see progress; ChuckCooperHOF19 @NBA pic.twitter.com/2FI5U7ThTg

– TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) November 15, 2019

Former Celtics forward Chuck Cooper was mentioned in Russell’s tweet. Cooper was the first African-American player drafted in NBA history when the Celtics drafted him in the second round of the 1950 NBA Draft. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.

Russell is one of the most decorated players in NBA history, winning 11 championships and five MVP awards over his 13-year career.

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Source:: Daily Times