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Re: Bill Russell coming back to help Celtics!!!
I can only hope that ALL of these young C's will listen to, if I can steal
one of the Rock's phrases, "THE GREAT ONE" as he passes on his experiences
to them. Especially the commitment to winning. Nobody gives a damn about
who led the league in assists, 3-point shooting, scoring or those stats.
Everyone takes note of who plays as a team and makes sacrifices for their
Russell personifies the word "TEAM". I must say that I am almost as glad to
hear that he is happy to return to Boston in an effort to help. There was a
time when some Bostonians were not so kind to him or his family. The
passage of time appears to have healed some wounds. That's EQUALLY
----- Original Message -----
From: Jan Crocker <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 1999 8:08 PM
Subject: Bill Russell coming back to help Celtics!!!
> As a season ticket holder I get allot of news releases sent to me in
> advance of them being sent to the press.
> Here's one that really caught my attention. Bill Russell is returning to
> Boston to help coach the present team.
> Here are some details:
> "Russell will return to the Boston Celtics family on Monday, October 11
> Tuesday, October 12 to work with the current Celtics team at the Sports
> Authority Training Center at HealthPoint. He will be with the Celtics for
> the two days over the traditional Columbus Day holiday weekend and will
> periodically return to Boston to continue to monitor, teach and develop
> >From Pitino: "To have Bill Russell join us for practice is unbelievable,"
> remarked Pitino. "Bill Russell was the ultimate teammate, competitor and
> champion. He embodied the meaning of 'Celtics Pride' through his winning
> spirit and leadership and belief in a Celtics team ego...What he will
> our young big men, not only on the court but also equally off the court,
> will be priceless. What an opportunity to learn from the greatest winner
> ever play the game."
> This from Mr. Russell: "Returning to Boston means so many things to me.
> fans who came to the Tribute (Yes I was there!!!!)in May left no
> uncertainty in my mind that we are members of the mutual admiration
> society. I love the Boston Celtics. The pride I feel for the uniform, my
> teammates, my coach and our fans...Celtic Pride is a way of life. All I
> ever wanted to do was win. Losing was never an alternative or an option. I
> refused to lose. I believe in Coach Pitino and our Celtic team. They have
> heart...they're smart... they're talented and they have the ability to be
> winners. If I can be of any help...I'll try. In addition to the skills
> work, Coach has asked me to share with the team my views on winning. To me
> it has always been, and remains, being about the A,B,C's. Attitude, Brains
> and Comitment to the team. This year's Celtics have the capacity to embody
> those characteristics," stated Russell.
> Pinch me I must be dreaming. How about that Dorine!!! This is great