Bill Russell and Red Auerbach's relationship was marked by tremendous respect for one another. As a result, it helped to produce a championship-winning powerhouse.
Russell authored a memoir in 2009, titled Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend. The story focuses on the two legends' relationship from start to finish. Whether it be the on-court actions or the moments that took place behind the scenes, the story captures the true uniqueness of their undying bond.
NBA TV also released a short documentary inspired by the relationship, called "Red and Me: Bill Russell."
During the show, Russell recollects many special moments, including one in which his coach fought persistently on Russell's behalf following a goaltending call, ultimately receiving a technical foul for his efforts.
First time that I had a coach who went to bat for me. After the game, I said, 'Thanks for looking out for me.' Red says to me, 'Russ, loyalty is a two-way street. I can't expect my players to fight for me if I won't fight for them.'
During their time together on the Boston Celtics, they won nine championships, and Russell proceeded to add another two to his resumé afterward.
However, while the titles have been noted in the record books, even more amazing was the remarkable fellowship between the two, which—more than 40 years later—is still one of the most productive in league history.