Bill Russell was an integral component of Boston’s NBA dynasty from the 1950s through 1960s, thanks to his shot-blocking and man-to-man defense that made scoring against them difficult for opponents.
His physical size was an integral component of his success in the league, so it should come as no surprise that his shoes were also large.
Bill Russell was one of the greatest NBA players ever and led his Boston Celtics team to 11 championships over 13 seasons, widely considered the greatest defensive player ever. His shot-blocking and man-to-man defense were essential parts of the Boston dynasty that began in 1957.
Born in rural Louisiana and barely making his high school basketball team due to his height, one coach recognized his talent and recommended him for admission at University of San Francisco where he flourished.
Off the court, Russell actively supported civil rights activism and protested the Vietnam War. Additionally, he made history when he became the first African American player-coach of a modern major professional sports franchise when taking charge of the Boston Celtics in 1966.
Average NBA players stand 6’7″ tall and weigh 225 pounds – an incredible amount of bulk for a sport that emphasizes quick cuts and passing.
Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics remains one of the great legends in modern NBA history, being an instrumental member of his 13 seasons with them and leading them to 11 championships with his superior shot-blocking and man-to-man defense skills. Many regard him as one of the great defensive players ever in professional sports history.
On offer here is a pair of early 1960s era, size 18-1/2 Bill Russell signature basketball shoes in size 18-1/2 made in the United States and authenticated by James Spence Authentication (JSA). These show game use and come complete with an original letter of authenticity signed by Russell (Celtics HOF). Furthermore, these large canvas sneakers bear “Bristol” markings on their outer back counters; in addition they each include manufacturers simulated signature tags attatched onto each heel side – made here in America and authenticated by James Spence Authentication (JSA). Please see photographs for details regarding authenticity.
Bill Russell was unarguably one of the greatest centers in NBA history, winning 11 championships with the Boston Celtics and one Olympic gold medal – not to mention three college seasons at University of San Francisco where he was an unparalleled force on defense, rebounding, shot blocking and scoring – earning five NBA Most Valuable Player awards as well as second only Wilt Chamberlain’s 21,620 career rebound mark!
Russell was also a strong proponent of civil rights. After being honored with induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975, but initially declined his ring due to feeling other black athletes had been overlooked for this honor, his shoe company reached out and eventually reached out directly. Russell consented, asking that shoes bearing his name remain affordable so children could buy them.
Bill Russell remains one of the greatest athletes ever in team sports history, winning 11 NBA championships over 13 seasons and becoming a dominant force at a time when integration and improved scouting made the league more condensed talent pool.
He retired in 1969 after revolutionizing the game’s defensive concepts with his unstoppable defensive presence and outstanding rebounder abilities. Since then he has become an accomplished coach, television commentator, activist for social justice causes and activist.
Born in rural Louisiana and growing up impoverished, he almost got kicked off his high school basketball team due to his height; but instead learned how to use both size and other skills to dominate. Later at San Francisco he led his Olympic team to victory at 1956 Summer Olympic in Australia before going on to star with Boston Celtics during their dynastic run from 1957-62; winning 11 championships over 13 seasons!