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Menino: Bill Russell Statue ‘Long Overdue’

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Bill Russell. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Bill Russell. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

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