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The Best Bill Russell Quotations

The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.
Bill Russell

What distinguishes a great player is his presence. When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere.
Bill Russell

Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.
Bill Russell

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Bill Russell Quotes on Life

Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.
Bill Russell

The most important thing to me is the friends that I’ve made.
Bill Russell

What’s more important than who’s going to be the first black manager is who’s going to be the first black sports editor of the New York Times.
Bill Russell

The last five or six days, I’ve been running. The last two days, I’ve been running pretty hard. Everybody’s got to be someplace.
Bill Russell

Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them.
Bill Russell

Bill Russell Quotes

On Basketball

We couldn’t sustain it. And they got a lot of kids that can shoot. We just couldn’t close out well enough.
Bill Russell

I think that David Stern is probably the greatest commissioner that any sport has ever had in the history of this country.
Bill Russell

People say it was the greatest individual rivalry they’ve ever seen. I agree with that. Let me assure you that if either Wilt’s or Russ’ coach had ever told one of them he couldn’t guard the other guy, he would have lost that player forever.
Bill Russell

After I played him for the first time, I said ‘Let’s see. He’s four or five inches taller. He’s 40 or 50 pounds heavier. His vertical leap is at least as good as mine. He can get up and down the floor as well as I can. And he’s smart. The real problem with all this is I have to show up. (Commenting on Wilt Chamberlain)
Bill Russell

Bill Russell Quotes on Teamwork

Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered.
Bill Russell

The morale and the camaraderie that we had for one another earlier in the year is starting to come under duress because of all the losses. Some of the guys are feeling the pressure now from the last year when they were not successful.
Bill Russell

I think what has happened to our basketball team, we’ve been badly distracted. They’re not reading too many positive things in the paper.
Bill Russell

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