Bill Russell’s Legacy and Laugh Touched Millions

Russell treated younger players with the same kind of adoration and respect that they did for him

Some people, including Charles Barkley, just called him "Mr. Russell

Elgin Baylor, who the Los Angeles Lakers had just honoured with a monument outside of their home arena, was the subject of the day's festivities.

Bill Russell would never fit in anyplace, let alone at a Lakers event wearing a green polo shirt.

West said, "All the losses to this individual over here." I completely forget your name. It is what? Bill? Is Bill Russell your last name?

Seven of the 11 titles Russell guided the Boston Celtics to involved victories over the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA finals.

The players who Russell helped alter the NBA responded to his sincerity with deep gratitude.