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    1961 Fleer Bill Russell #38 SGC EX 5. If Bill Russell were standing on the Golden Gate Bridge near his Oakland, California boyhood home, he couldn't shoot a basketball down into San Francisco Bay. Russell was a terrible shot, but it never mattered because the man was great at everything else. The 6' 9" HOF center was a terrific rebounder, a great shot blocker, and a wonderful team player who passed to the open man. He was also an intelligent player who did what matters most: He won championships. It started with two state championships at Oakland's McClymonds High school and then continued at San Francisco University where Russell led USF to consecutive NCAA Championships in 1955 and 1956. Then it was on to the 1956 Olympics in which Russell captained the USA team that won the Gold Medal. Russell joined the NBA's Boston Celtics and became pro basketball's first African-American superstar. Russell perfected blocking a shot so the ball was tipped where Russell himself could grab it. Russell is second all-time in the NBA in both total rebounds and average rebounds per game (22.45). His Celtic teams won an amazing 11 NBA championships in the 13 years he played, the last two with him as Boston's player coach. Graded SGC EX 5.

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