Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to.
People have been killing because of racial differences since the time of Adam and Eve, but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans.
The MVP award was very satisfying in terms of personal accomplishments, but the championship was the most important thing of all.
But as a coach I wanted to keep things from being too complicated.
I grew up in the heart of the Depression.
I was the original socially depraved shy ghetto kid.
Russell joined the team in December, 1956, following the Olympics.
You have to remember that coaching wasn't sophisticated back then - you didn't have the camps, clinics and all the technical advances that are available today - so from that standpoint, playing with a cast on my arm was a fortunate event in my life.
French was my first language.
I won the city scoring championship as a senior.
My biggest win was getting the meal money bumped from $5 to $7.
Race wasn't an issue. My family was French, but Yorkville was a melting pot of races and cultures.
The NBA wasn't a big deal at that time, so it wasn't really in my career plans.
There were riots in just about every game we played with Syracuse.
We had a strong relationship with Walter Brown, and felt that he was the best owner in the league.
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