The Celtics have taken preliminary steps toward building a Bill Russell statue, according to the Boston Herald.
According to Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, the organization has already begun the process of getting the statue created and placed. And it didn’t hurt Tuesday when President Barack Obama, while awarding Russell the Medal of Freedom, mentioned that such a monument should be erected for future generations.
“We’ve had preliminary discussions with most of the constituencies, and the mayor (Thomas Menino) wants it to happen, President Obama wants it to happen, and,” said Pagliuca, “we’re going to really try to help make it happen.
“I think this final push from the president is great for us and great for Bill.
“We started looking at this in the last six months, and we talked to all the right people and so far all the people are very interested and very supportive. It’s been great, and hopefully something will happen very soon.”
As for whether Russell is on board, Pagliuca smiled and said, “We were hoping to surprise Bill, but maybe the president let that cat out of the bag.”
I wrote a piece about Russell deserving a statue in December. Check it out, and let’s hope this works out. If anybody deserves a statute, it’s a man who won more titles than any other human being who ever played professional team sports, a man who also stood up for everything he believed in, no matter how the general public would react.