Ex-Celtics nice Russell accepts HOF ring after 44 years

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FILE PHOTO: Former Boston Celtic nice Invoice Russell attends the funeral for former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in Boston, Massachusetts November three, 2014. Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston historical past who led town after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from most cancers, his household stated in a press release. Information/Boston Globe/John Tlumacki/Pool

Former Boston Celtics nice Invoice Russell introduced Friday he accepted his Corridor of Fame ring 44 years after his induction.

Broadly thought-about one of many NBA’s all-time nice facilities, Russell didn’t attend his 1975 induction ceremony in Springfield, Mass., saying through Twitter that he didn’t should be the primary black participant inducted.

“I felt others earlier than me ought to have that honor,” he tweeted Friday.

A type of gamers was Chuck Cooper, who was inducted into the Corridor of Fame in September. In 1950, the previous Boston Celtics ahead grew to become the primary African-American participant to play within the NBA.

Russell stated he acquired the ring in a personal ceremony that was attended by fellow Corridor of Famers Ann Meyers, Alonzo Mourning and Invoice Walton.

Russell was a five-time league Most Priceless Participant and led the Celtics to 11 NBA titles — together with eight consecutive — between 1956-69. He additionally was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and led the College of San Francisco to 2 NCAA championships.

—Area Degree Media