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#RussellMania — The man, the activist, the coach

Feb 5, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; Retired NBA player and coach Bill Russell after the game between the Sacramento Kings and the Dallas Mavericks at Sleep Train Arena. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Sacramento Kings 101-78. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We discuss Bill Russell’s childhood, college career, life off the court, post-playing career and his extensive civil rights activism with Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, author of “King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution.” Continue Reading

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Lion Face, Lemon Face: Sweep Season

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Two sweeps are in the books, Steph Curry goes down, and the rest of the weekend recap for the 2016 NBA playoffs. Continue Reading

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#RussellMania — Celtics vs. Lakers in the Finals

Sep 24, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Basketball Hall of Fame player Elgin Gay Baylor throws out the first pitch before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.  The Dodgers defeated the Giants 9-1 to clinch the NL West Division Championship. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

We discuss the Celtics vs. Lakers NBA Finals rivalry between 1959 and 1969 with Elgin Baylor biographer Bijan C. Bayne in our continuing #RussellMania series. Continue Reading