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Bill Russell isn’t chasing ghosts
Posted By Paul Flannery On September 14, 2012 @ 4:06 pm In General | No Comments
The news that the great Bill Russell had recently undergone two heart procedures as reported by Peter Vecsey  came as a bit of a shock, but Russell is recovering and he talked to NBA.com  about that and more in a wide-ranging Q+A.
They took the valve out and replaced it. It only took a couple of hours to do that. I talked to the doctors after and they said they were pleased with the procedure. They said I would be sore after a while and after that, they said I would feel better than I ever did at this point.”
Russell said that he wasn’t able to play golf or drive, depriving him of two of his favorite activities, but he added helpfully that with all that free time around the house he got to be a grouch.
He also offered his thoughts on LeBron James, the new-look Celtics and even Jeremy Lin for some reason, but there was one other part of the interview that caught my eye. When asked about the debate between the 1992 and 2012 Olympic teams he responded:
Basketball — out of all of the sports — is the most evolving. Whoever the best player is, that’s how the game is played for a generation.
This is the best rebuttal to that particular pseudo debate that I’ve seen this summer. Not only is it self-explanatory, it also reveals a keen insight: The best player at any given time dictates the terms of the game. Whether it was Russell, Wilt, Bird, Magic or Jordan the sport belongs to them for a certain amount of time, however long or fleeting it may be. Comparing players from different eras may be an amusing diversion, but it ultimately accomplishes nothing and Russell — as we know — is all about accomplishments.
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 as reported by Peter Vecsey: https://twitter.com/PeterVecsey1/status/245021815292964865
 and he talked to NBA.com: http://www.nba.com/2012/news/features/09/13/the-qa-bill-russell-on-his-health-ray-allen-kevin-durant-and-the-greatest-olympic-team-of-all-time/index.html
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