30-minute Documentary Chronicles Boston Celtics Great Bill Russell and Humanitarian Work Beyond the Court
BURLINGTON, MA – Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell has been forever immortalized in bronze. The city of Boston, where he played his entire professional basketball career, has erected a bronze statue of Russell in City Hall Plaza. Russell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama in 2011 for his advocacy of equality, and the impetus for the statue was comments made by President Obama during the ceremony.
“He was the first African American to coach a major league sports team of any sort,” said Obama during the presentation of the award. “I hope that one day, in the streets of Boston, children will look up at a statue built not only to Bill Russell the player, but Bill Russell the man.”
Comcast SportsNet presents Russell in Bronze – a 30-minute documentary chronicling the behind-the-scenes construction of the Bill Russell statue. The documentary examines pivotal moments in Russell’s life both personally and professionally. Russell in Bronze will air on Saturday, immediately after Celtics vs. Heat Postgame Live at 10:30 p.m.
Russell in Bronze will feature exclusive and historical interviews with Russell himself, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Red Auerbach, Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey, Johnny Most, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, Celtics Partner Steve Pagliuca, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and local artist Ann Hirsch who was selected to construct the statue.
Aside from being a Hall of Fame basketball player, Russell is also a strong supporter for civil rights in America. Russell faced his share of racial discrimination both on and off the court. This motivated Russell to march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the historic 1963 “March on Washington.”
Russell played for the Celtics from 1956 to 1969. During his 13-year career, Russell won 11 championships, an unimaginable feat for a player. His defensive and offensive contributions to the Celtics helped to establish the Celtics dynasty. Russell is also a five-time NBA MVP and was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. His jersey number 6 is retired by the Celtics.
Comcast SportsNet New England will re-air Russell in Bronze through out the month of November. Please visit CSNNE.com for dates, times and channel listings.