Bill Russell statue to be unveiled on Nov. 1

Bill Russell statue to be unveiled on Nov. 1
October 17, 2013, 4:45 pm
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It's taken far too long for it to happen, but finally, Celtics legend Bill Russell will get his statue.

The 11-time NBA Champion and NBA great will be on hand with a ton of other NBA greats as well as significant figures in the Black community for the unveiling of Russell's statue on Nov. 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Boston City Hall Plaza Friday.

From the press release:

The Bill Russell Statue was created by Ann Hirsch, a Somerville based artist. Hirsch’s approach focuses on the body, movement and traditional sculpture technique to create spaces for interaction that enhance the experience of a place. The artwork represents Bill Russell the whole man, honoring him as an athlete, coach, human rights activist, ground breaker and mentor.  The larger than life sculpture of Russell is on a low base in game action, poised with basketball in hand about to pass the ball to a teammate. He aims towards a low-standing, open stone engraved with Mr. Russell's quote, "The most important measure of how good a game I'd played was how much better I'd made my teammates play." As visitors step up on the open base, ready to catch the pass, they become a teammate, not only in the game of basketball, but in continued advocacy for human rights and mentorship programming. Ten granite blocks, surround Russell for a total of 11 elements representing Mr. Russell’s 11 championships with the Boston Celtics.  Each plinth features a key word and a corresponding quotation to illuminate the myriad of accomplishments spanning Mr. Russell’s career both on and off the court. The artwork is inscribed in a field of brick and granite pavers that reflect the proportions of a court.

CSNNE will be airing a "Russell in Bronze" special immediately after Postgame Live on November 9 when the Celtics play the Heat in Miami.

We'll have exclusive interviews with Russell, Celtics legends, media, and more.

Check out the list of scheduled attendees to Russell's statue unveiling

Boston Celtics Legend Bill Russell

Bill Russell Legacy Committee Member/ Bill Russell’s Daughter Karen Kenyatta Russell

Bill Russell Legacy Committee Member/Boston Celtics Managing Partner/Co-owner and President of the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation Stephen Pagliuca

Bill Russell Legacy Committee Member/Boston Celtics Legend Tommy Heinsohn

Bill Russell Legacy Committee Member /Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

Bill Russell Legacy Committee Member/ Boston Philanthropist and Founder of the Bobby Sager Traveling Foundation and Roadshow Bobby Sager

Managing Partner, Governor, CEO and Co-Owner Wyc Grousbeck

Celtics Managing Partner and Co-Owner Bob Epstein

Emcee and TNT NBA Analyst Kenny Smith

Congressman Joe Kennedy III         

Team President Rich Gotham

Hollywood Actress Alfre Woodard

Bill Russell Project Artist Ann Hirsch

NBA Commissioner David Stern       

NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver

Arnold “Red” Auerbach’s daughters Randy and Nancy Auerbach Collins

Celtics Legend JoJo White

Celtics Legend Sam Jones

Celtics Legend Satch Sanders

Celtics Legend Bill Walton

Celtics alumni Ronnie Watts

Celtics alumni Rick Weitzman

Celtics alumni Emmette “Em” Bryant

Celtics alumni Togo Palazzi

Celtics alumni Jim Loscutoff’s wife, Lynn Loscutoff

Celtics alumni and LSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Johnny Jones

NFL Icon and Activist Jim Brown

MLB Great Joe Morgan

MLB Hall of Famer Frank Robinson

NBA Icon Julius “Dr. J” Erving

NBA Hall of Famer George Gervin

NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor

NBA Hall of Famer and NBA Analyst Charles Barkley

NBA Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler

NBA Great Fred Brown

Chairman of the Professional Basketball Club, LLC. Clay Bennett

Musical Legend Johnny Mathis

Musical Icon Bill Withers

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Taylor Branch

Author and Human Rights Activist Kerry Kennedy

Host of the Last Word Lawrence O’Donnell

Co-founder and board member of The National Mentoring Partnership Geoff Boisi

CEO of the National Mentoring Partnership David Shapiro

CEO of the Mass Mentoring Partnership Marty Martinez

Former Senior Advisor to the President of the United States David Axelrod

President and Chief of Operations for Golden State Warriors Rick Welts