Chris Bosh is not going to make any fans with his latest comments about Bill Russell.
If you ask Chris Bosh about Russell, he’ll tell you that he is nowhere in that conversation because of the competition he played against in his prime.
“I do just want to point out that for some of those championships, there were like eight teams in the entire NBA,” Redick said. “Some of those championships he only had to win two rounds in the playoffs.”
“And, you know, you’re playing against firefighters,” Bosh responded. “You know, dudes had jobs in the summertime. Dude’s going to be a lifeguard, go work on construction after the NBA season. They had part-time jobs, they went [during] summertime and got a job, bro.”
Bill Russell played between 10 and 14 games to win each of his first eight championships, whereas today’s players theoretically have to play a minimum of 16 games before being crowned as champions.
Apart from being an 11-time Champion, Russell was a 12-time All-Star, 5-time MVP and even an 11-time All-NBA player.
Bosh was criticising the NBA era back in the 1950s and 1960s, but he did speak highly of Bill Russell as an individual.
“I just pull Bill in his own stratosphere,” Bosh said to Redick. “This dude won a championship as a coach and then he’s leading the sports civil rights movement. Put him over here … greatest [philanthropist], I don’t know, but put him in his own stratosphere.”
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