We didn't have no BMW's. We had to walk twenty miles in the snow, each way, just to get to the game, and when you got there, a guy would score a hundred points on you! Grizzly is on a roll tonight! LMAO Why Wilt was allowed to live in New York during the season and drive to a game separately from the rest of his teammates "Think about what you just said.
WATCH: Bill Russell trash talks like the legend he is at NBA Awards
Bill Russell discusses how his father’s mentorship shaped his career
It was one of the highlights of the night, only being topped by the speeches of Monty Williams and Russell Westbrook. He took the award graciously. Russell then handed the trophy to Mutombo as Kareem gave him his cane back. It was necessary so he could deliver his speech. While looking at the five, he pointed to each of them individually and uttered one sentence that encapsulated the essence of Russell. First, it was hilarious.
Everyone dressed to impress and came out to put a bow on the NBA season. There was prime people watching before the show began, as retired players mingled with current players, who shook hands with entertainers and athletes from other sports. As the evening went along and awards started to be doled out, multiple sentiments were invoked. Monty Williams speaks after being given the Sager Strong Award.
Bill Russell left and Wilt Chamberlain square off in a game. But just a week past his 78th birthday, a smile practically leaps up and fast breaks across Bill Russell's face at a mention of the name. Russell, the greatest individual rivalry in the history of the NBA, if not all of American sports. A rivalry means there is a victor and a vanquished. In this case, there was never either a victor or a vanquished, just competitors.