The five-time MVP also explained why he declined to accept the ring in ’75, along with the photos — he didn’t want to be the first black player to be inducted into the Hall and said Charles “Chuck” Cooper should have had the honor of being first, instead.
“I felt others before me should have that honor,” Russell wrote.
Cooper, the first black player to be drafted into the NBA (Celtics, 1950), was posthumously inducted this past September. Cooper died of cancer in 1984.
Russell was among the 10 other legends who helped bestow the award. The other nine were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Dominque Wilkins, Tom Heinsohn, Ray Allen and Harlem Globetrotters CEO Mannie Jackson.
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