Sports history in Black:

By Mike Patton

NABJ Black News & Views

Bill Russell is known as one of the greatest leaders in NBA history. He led his Boston Celtics teammates to multiple championships and even some as a player-coach. But along with his leadership abilities, he also was great when it came to cleaning the glass (grabbing the ball off the glass blackboard). If a rebound was in the vicinity of Russell, there was no doubt that it was going to be his.

Bill Russell dribbling around 1960. Photo credit: Public domain
Bill Russell dribbling around 1960. Photo credit: Public domain

Russell’s prowess for rebounding jumped off the charts a few times in his career. One of those instances took place on Nov. 16, 1947. Russell had 32 rebounds in one half, which was an NBA record at halftime. He would finish that game with 49 rebounds.

Russell would break his own record of rebounds again in 1960, when he collected 55 rebounds. Russell definitely owned the boards in his day.

Share This article on

Leave a Reply