It is about time!
A statue to honor Boston sport legend and Celtics great Bill Russell will be unveiled on City Hall Plaza before the team’s home opener in two weeks. Sculptor Ann Hirsch has depicted Russell in mid-pass, surrounded by 10 granite blocks that contain a key word and a corresponding quotation. The 11 total objects represent Russell’s 11 championships.
How about this for a guest list?
A special ceremony to honor him emcee’d by TNT NBA Analyst Kenny Smith will include: Bill Russell- the Boston Celtics Legend himself, Bill Russell’s daughter Karen Kenyatta Russell, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Co-Owner, Managing Partner, and Shamrock Foundation President Stephen Pagliuca, Celtics Managing Partner, Governor, CEO and Co-Owner Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics Managing Partner and Co-owner Bob Epstein, Team President Rich Gotham, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, NBA Commissioner David Stern, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver along with Arnold “Red” Auerbach’s daughters Randy and Nancy Auerbach Collins. Other guests include: NFL Icon and Activist Jim Brown, MLB Great Joe Morgan, MLB Great Frank Robinson, NBA Icon Julius “Dr. J” Erving, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, NBA Hall of Famer Clyde “The Glide” Drexler, NBA Hall of Famer George “The Iceman” Gervin, NBA Great Fred “Downtown” Brown, Chairman of the Professional Basketball Club, LLC. Clay Bennett, Co-founder and board member of The National Mentoring Partnership Geoff Boisi, CEO of the National Mentoring Partnership David Shapiro, CEO of the Mass Mentoring Partnership Marty Martinez, President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors Rick Welts, Musical Legend Johnny Mathis, Musical Icon Bill Withers, Country Music Star Ron Harbin, Former Senior Advisor to the President David Axelrod, Isabel Wilkerson and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of The Warmth of Other Suns, Pultizer Prize Winner Taylor Branch best known for his Martin Luther King Trilogy; RFK’s Daughter, Author and Human Rights Activist Kerry Kennedy, LSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach and Celtics alumni Johnny Jones, Celtics alumni Emmette “Em” Bryant, Celtics alumni Togo Palazzi, Celtics alumni Ronnie Watts, Celtics alumni Rick Weitzman, Celtics Legend Tommy Heinsohn, Celtics Legend Sam Jones, Celtics Legend Satch Sanders, Celtics Legend Bill Walton, Celtics Legend JoJo White, Celtics alumni Jim Loscutoff’s wife Lynn Loscutoff, Russell Family Friend MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell host of the The Last Word and Hollywood Actress Alfre Woodard.