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You Tube Gold: The Ultimate Bill Russell Mixtape

You can’t understand basketball if you don’t understand Bill Russell’s place in it.

Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics goes rim high for a score
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics goes rim high for a score against Harry Gallatin of New York in a game won by the Celtics against the Knicks at the Garden.
Photo by William Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

This is probably the best Bill Russell video we’ve ever seen. You get much more of a sense of what kind of a force he was, of how much he dominated the court.

There are a lot of testimonials here from various other players as well as the amazing footage.

You might watch this ancient footage and think, well if he played today he’d have a tougher time and maybe that’s true.

The thing about Russell though...well he sums it up best at the end of this video when he says “the thing about the way I play is....my team wins.”

And it always did.

If Russell were playing today, we can promise you his team would win. He would never settle for less.