Russell to Appear on NBA TV’s Red and Me
Posted Jun 10 2007 4:57PM
NEW YORK, June 10, 2007 – Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell talks about his coach and, most importantly, his friend Red Auerbach for the first time since his passing on NBA TV’s Red and Me on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. ET. Told in the first person, Russell discusses more than just the nine titles that he and Auerbach won together, but also the bond that made the two more than player and coach.
“We live and die, but while we are here there are things that we accomplish and to me the greatest thing that you can accomplish is friendship,” said Russell. “For me, personally, our friendship will last through eternity.”
Featuring rarely seen videos and photos of Russell and Auerbach from the extensive NBA Entertainment library, Red and Me demonstrates that what made their story special was the character and personality of the men who came to personify the Celtics Dynasty and true friendship. To the outside world, Auerbach may have appeared to be the gruff dictator, while Russell was his glowering big man, but behind their public masks were two kindred spirits who would not only dominate their sport but also challenge racial stereotypes. Russell, who has remained silent up until now about Auerbach, who died this past fall, reveals the inner workings of their relationship, the most successful one in the history of professional team sports.
Red and Me will air prior to the network’s pregame show Live at the Finals with Ahmad Rashad, which will air before Game 3 of The Finals at 8 p.m. ET.
During his exclusive interview, Russell talks in-depth about:
Red’s Bond with His Players
The Loss of Red
Red Making an Example of Russell
Red, the Card Shark
Red’s Policy on Curfews