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Definition of Greatness: Understanding the Career of Bill Russell

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Definition of Greatness: Understanding the Career of Bill Russell

“You kick it like me, no exaggeration necessary. Livin’ revolutionary, nothing less than legendary.”—T.I., "Swagger Like Us"

Before you can truly understand Bill Russell’s greatness, you must first understand the game of basketball. Next one must fully comprehend his struggle and his progress. Then and only then will you give him his due acclaim as a player and as a man.  

Basketball has always been appreciated by all but understood by few. The casual observer will say the game is about scoring, while the meticulous fan will explain the unparalleled significance of rebounding and defending. The tragically misguided will emphatically shout players do not win championships. Conversely, those who know the game will simply state basketball is the only sport where an individual can elevate a team to unprecedented heights.

The battles have always been won by the greatest warrior, not the greatest army. This was Bill Russell, a warrior.

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