Sunday , Feb , 15 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Finals MVP to Be Named after Bill Russell

Bill Russell, the cornerstone of a Boston Celtics team that won 11 NBA championships in 13 seasons, including a record eight straight titles, will be permanently honored by having The Finals Most Valuable Player Trophy named for him, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today.

"Who better to name this prestigious award for than one of the greatest players of all time and the ultimate champion," said Stern. "Bill inspired a generation not just of basketball fans but Americans everywhere. He is respected by colleagues, coaches, fans, and his legacy clearly has withstood the test of time."

The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award will be presented at the conclusion of The Finals. Select writers and broadcasters who cover the series will determine the MVP.

No arguments here.  Bill Russell’s name is synonymous with success in the finals, and there’s not a player on the planet with more NBA championship rings than him.  I’m only surprised this move wasn’t made sooner.