Sunday , Jun , 08 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Group Calls for Statue of Bill Russell

He’s the most decorated sports champion in a city of sport champions. He won 11 world titles as a player, two of those while simultaneously coaching and playing. He was named to the All-Star team 12 times and Most Valuable Player five times.

But in the city he so decorated, there is no statue, plaque, street marker or tunnel that mentions the name Bill Russell.

“That’s a shame,” said former professional boxer Kilbert Pierce Jr. of Boston, who is leading a drive to build a Russell statue in the Hub. “The guy’s not only the best in Boston, he’s the best in basketball. He’s the greatest. It’s time. It’s overdue.” [Boston Herald]