BOSTON (CBS) – The long-awaited Bill Russell statue will be unveiled on City Hall Plaza on November 1.

The statue, designed by Ann Hirsch of Somerville, will be unveiled after a special ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m..

Russell and many other Celtics greats, including Russell’s teammates JoJo White, Sam Jones, Satch Sanders and Tommy Heinsohn, will be on hand for the ceremony.

The sculpture will represent Russell as an athlete, coach, human rights activist, and mentor. It will have Russell on an open base in a game-action pose with a basketball in his hand, about to pass the ball to a teammate. Visitors can step on the open base and pose as Russell’s teammate, with Russell’s famous quote “the most important measure of how good a game I’d played was how much better I’d made my teammates play” etched into it.

Ten granite blocks surround Russell for a total of 11 elements representing his 11 championships with the Boston Celtics.  Each features a key word and a corresponding quotation to display Russell’s wide array of accomplishments, spanning from his career both on and off the court.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, NBA Commissioner David Stern, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver,  and NBA Hall of Famers Julius “Dr. J” Erving, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, Charles Barkley and Clyde Drexler are also scheduled to attend the event.

The Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks later that night in their 2013-14 home opener at the TD Garden.


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