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Phil Would Take Bill Russell, Not Michael Jordan, as First Player to Start Team

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Phil Would Take Bill Russell, Not Michael Jordan, as First Player to Start Team
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If given the choice of any player in NBA history to start a franchise, legendary coach Phil Jackson says that Celtics center Bill Russell would win out over his former player, Michael Jordan. “In my estimation, the guy that has to be there in Bill Russell, who has won 11 championships as a player,” Jackson says, in an interview with Time. “That's really the idea of what excellence is, when you win championships.

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