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Bill Russell statue unveiled near Boston City Hall (VIDEO)

Bill Russell

Former Boston Celtics basketball player Bill Russell listens in the audience during award ceremonies for the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Six people were recipients of the award for 2013. Harvard has awarded the medal since 2000 to people whose work has contributed to African and African-American culture. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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It’s overdue, but that shouldn’t take away from the honor.

In the storied history of the Celtics there have been none like Bill Russell — the 11-time NBA champion and one of the greatest players ever, but also a human rights activist, somebody who helped break ground in Boston and on a national stage. He’s a guy who got the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. So a statue of him at City Hall in Boston is fitting. I just wish I could have been around to hear his stories.

Hat tip to CSNNE.com for the video.