|with Bill Russell|
The New Jersey Nets and the San Antonio Spurs are the two teams left competing for the Larry O'Brien Trophy and title of NBA champion -- something that Bill Russell knows a lot about.
Having won 11 NBA championships as a player and coach of the Boston Celtics, two NCAA championships, and an Olympic gold medal, Russell has been called "the greatest winner to ever play the game," by longtime Celtics coach and President Red Auerbach.
Russell's book, RUSSELL RULES: 11 Lessons on Leadership from the Twentieth Century's Greatest Winner (published last year) details the lessons that helped him to achieve NBA success and applies them to just about any walk of life. Russell reveals the eleven essential factors that influenced him in every aspect of his life that demonstrate how anyone can attain success both personally and professionally. Russell is not shy to admit that he has more rings than fingers, an accomplishment any NBA player would be envious of.
Russell was the cornerstone of the great Celtic teams of the 50's an 60's that won nine titles in a row, and 11 in 13 years. His remarkable shotblocking skills changed the way NBA teams played defense, and played offense against him. Standing only 6-9½ inches tall, Russell posted a career average of 22.5 rebounds per game, including a high of 51 in one game.
In addition to being a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, and a 12-time All-Star, Russell was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
Ask Bill about this year's NBA Playoffs, the great Celtic teams of the 60's or his life as an author as he chats live during the Finals.
kevin, st. louis
Hello Mr. Russell, If you can recall, Tim Duncan could have went to the Celtics. Were you rooting for that and what do you think of his game?