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Anonymous asked in SportsBasketball · 1 decade ago

Is it true that Bill Russell hated the city of Boston?

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  • MyKill
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
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    Bill Russell is a sad and painful reminder on how socially f*cked up Boston was during his time.

    And yeah, he hated Beantown. Boston was in Bill Russell's own words, "a flea market of racism". Russell played for the Celtics but not for Boston.

    You know how like his Boston neighbors tried to prevent him from moving in the neighbohood. Of vandals breaking in his house and defecating on his bed. The bus riots. The fact that Russell cannot have an off season job in Boston simply because he is black (yes, b-ball players during that time were not paid millions).

    The Celtics during their championship dynasty days was treated like a backroom act by the people of Boston compared to its fellow Boston teams, the underachieving Red Sox and Bruins.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Excerpt from Bill Russell's bio.

    Well when Russell played there was segregation and there were fans that hated Bill Russell and he knew it. So in 1972 when his jersey was being retired, he didn't attend the ceremony. He also didn't attend in 1974 when he became the first black elected into the Hall of Fame.

    In the early 1960's Russell said, " The basic problem in ***** (stupid yahoo... it's not a curse/derogatory word for those reading this) America is the destruction of race pride. One could say we have been victims of psychological warfare, in a sense, in that this is a white country, and all the emphasis is on being white."

    http://www.geocities.com/dblimbrick/russell.html

    Sports Illustrated 1994 article.

    Earlier this year, Russell returned to Boston, the city he hated, for one spring weekend to do a job he never would do before. He signed autographs.

    http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/artic...

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  • mays
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Bill Russell Bio

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Bill Russell hated Boston because it had a lot of white people, but he absolutely loved his team and his coach Red Auerbach.

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  • Eddie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Are you talking about when he played,

    If so then think about it, A black man playing in a major sport that still at the time was not universally accepted and especially in a lilly white city that Boston was.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No I don't think so. Why would he hate Boston, he played his entire 13 year career their and winning 11 championships with the Celtics. I doubt he hates Boston.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, He used to he even wanted his jersey to be retired in an empty Boston Garden but it was retired with him there after he approved to let it be retired with fans there

    But now he feels differently though he Stated that he truly belives the city has changed

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i doubt it why would a nba player hate the city he played for when he stayed there for 13 years and won 11 championships in those years? what ever you heard may just be a rumor... but thats what i believe...

    Source(s): Rockets FTW
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yup its true during the 60's not sure if he still hates the city

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    At first he did, but there is a reason he still lives here.

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