NBA Legend Bill Russell
In this Dec. 12, 1964 file photo, Boston Celtics' Bill Russell, left, is congratulated by coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach after scoring his 10,000th career point during a basketball game against the Baltimore Bullets at the Boston Garden in Boston. As a coach, Red Auerbach got the most out of Bill Russell as a player not by yelling at him, or teaching him new techniques. He just talked to him man-to-man. Russell celebrates their relationship in a new book about Auerbach. (AP)

In this Dec. 12, 1964 file photo, the Boston Celtics' Bill Russell, left, is congratulated by coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach after scoring his 10,000th career point during a basketball game against the Baltimore Bullets at the Boston Garden. (AP)

NBA basketball legend Bill Russell may be the greatest team player in the history of the sport.

Five-time NBA MVP. Twelve-time All-Star. Center for a basketball dynasty that won 11 NBA championships. Michael Jordan can’t match that.

Bill Russell still has his eye on basketball. He’s been watching the playoffs underway right now — and thinking about his lifelong friendship with the Boston Celtics coach, Red Auerbach, who helped him cross color lines and go for greatness.

This hour, On Point: A conversation on life, friendship, and basketball with all-time great, Bill Russell.

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Bill Russell joins us from Seattle, Wash. His new book is “Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend.” You can read the Prologue and browse inside the book at

From Newton, Mass., we’re joined by Dan Shaughnessy, sports columnist for The Boston Globe. He’s the author of many books, including “Seeing Red: The Red Auerbach Story.”

And from Hanover, N.H., is Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst, senior editor at The Atlantic, native Bostonian and lifelong Celtics fan.

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