BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Tom Menino says a statue of Celtics legend Bill Russell in Boston is ‘long overdue.’

“I think it’s time and appropriate that we have a statue somewhere in the city for Bill Russell and we’ve got a lot of great reaction from individuals who call my office willing to help,” Menino told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Friday.

”I just ask the president to send us a couple hundred thousand dollars to build it,” Menino joked.

Menino talks to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 producer Jon Maclean

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca told WBZ-TV the team is working on a plan for a statue, which was first floated by President Obama Tuesday, when he honored Russell with the Medal of Freedom.

“I hope that one day in the streets of Boston, children will look up at a statue built not only to Bill Russell the player, but Bill Russell the man,” Obama said.

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“A statue should have some kids around it just because Bill was a great role model for some of those young people and its time to pay appropriate recognition of what Bill Russell meant to the city of Boston,” Menino said.

Comments (8)
  1. Richard Mac Donald says:

    I do not agree in any way that a statue of Bill Russell should be erected in Boston !

  2. gramps says:

    Russell’s statue should be right next to Auerbach’s….Maybe he should sitting with the ‘Red Head’ on his bench in Quincy Market….Together the two revolutionized the game & showed the world what true team work can accomplish!

    Russell once said about ‘Red’: “The Yankees won 25 championships. What did it take them, a hundred years? Red won nine titles in ten years. He was the best coach in the history of professional sports. Period.”

    Russell saved money with ‘Red,’ he never needed an agent with the ‘C’s…. Auerbach would see to it that Bill would make a buck a year more than Wilt Chamberlain was earning in Philadelphia…..Let Wilt pay the 10% to his agent…..Russell reaped the benefits!

    Russell played ‘DEFENSE’…..&……Wilt ‘NEVER’ fouled out of a NBA game.

    Now you know the rest of the story!


  3. Cynic says:

    I would rather see a staute of any RN that works 11 to 7 at Brigham And Womens.

  4. Cynic says:

    Red Auerbach used to tell the story of when Bill Russel couldn’t stay in the Same Hotel as the Team Because of his Race. Auerbach told him “Hell,I’m Jewish.. I can’t get a Hotel Room either.”

  5. Cynic says:

    I believe that the Red Sox paid for the statue of Ted Williams at Fenway…Couldn’t the Celtics do the Same for Russell. Isn’t their History part of the Package that they are selling.

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