To be mentioned in the same breath as Celtics great Bill Russell, you have in very short company.
But when Miami Heat guard and former Celtic Ray Allen takes the court for Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, he will have done something that not even Russell can say he did – making his 11th appearance in a Game 7, standing alone as the only player in NBA history to ever do that.
The man he surpassed – No. 6 himself, who played in 10 Game 7’s over the course of his 14-year career. Russell’s last Game 7 came in the final game of his career more than 44 years ago, on May 5, 1969 in the NBA Finals against the LA Lakers. The Celtics won that game 108-106, allowing Russell to ride off into the sunset with his record-11th championship ring. With just 1 NBA championship ring, it’s highly unlikely that Allen will ever touch that record.