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Bill Russell statue idea gaining steam

KWAPT (@KWAPT) March 1, 2011 Uncategorized 9 Comments


Back in November, Paul Flannery wrote a great piece for Boston Magazine about why Boston needs to erect a statue for Celtics legend Bill Russell. Well, as Boston.com reports this afternoon,, he's far from alone on the idea.

Boston city councilors John Connolly and Ayanna Pressley have filed a resolution asking Boston's businesses, leaders and "philanthropic organizations" to support the notion. 

President Obama also recently put his 2 cents in on the need for a Russell statue. During Bill's presidential medal of freedom ceremony last month, Obama commented that he hoped to see Boston honor Russell with a statue in the near future. 

If you're a Facebook user, be sure to go and "like" the page dedicated to getting a statue here in Boston for Mr. Russell.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/pasqualenap43 PasqualeNap43

    ’bout time

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jrutkowski34 Jared

    The Eternal Champion needs a marker in this city so that future generations understand how venerated and important he was to so many. I was worried this might not happen. There are still forces in the city that despise Russell and everything he stood for. But they are a dwindling breed of old money yankees and knee jerk reactionaries. I am confident the people can get this done.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/gdeturk Banner18

    No one deserves it more. It’s way over due. Make sure, like Bill himself, the statue is larger than life and better than all the rest.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704b7be5970b bigpartymaker

    Sports are a pretty big part of my life, and I love everything about Bill Russell. But I don’t think there’s any need to erect statues of athletes. I think these guys get enough shine with the Hall of Fame, retired jerseys, tv specials etc.
    There’s got to be a better way to spend the money, the government’s time, and use the space.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pasqualenap43 PasqualeNap43

    Totally disagree…he is way more than an athlete…if this was about Philly putting up a Rocky statue? Yeah, I totally agree with you, guy wasn’t even real. But you have to realize that other cities don’t necessarily have people like Ted Williams and Russell to put statues/structures up of.
    Not only did Bill Russell help revolutionize basketball and American pro sports in general, but he was a figure that stood strong on the basis of his integrity during one of this nation’s ugliest periods. People not knowing that is precisely why there should be vivid reminder of the man.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    Jerry West gets a statue in LA (nevermind being immortalized on the NBA logo) before Bill Russell gets a statue in Boston?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/hamadaky What’s Your Excuse?

    Of course. The Lakers take care of their own.
    I’m in the dark about this so can I ask if any Celtic has a statue or anything similar in Boston?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/rtcoaster Shawncvd

    …Shaq was a statue on the steps of Harvard this past Fall for an hour or two…
    A statue Red Auerbach sits on a bench in Fanual Hall, an open shopping market a stones throw from the Garden. (Think Farmers Market in LA)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/truwarier37 TruWarier37

    its about dang time. I mean the feeling here in LA is that there are so many legends we still havent made a statue of (kareem for one) thats why I’m shocked Beantown hasnt even made one for the ultimate champion.