“If we played Boston four on four, without Russell, we probably would have won every series. The guy killed us. He's the one who prevented us from acheiving true greatness.”
--L.A. Lakers forward "Hot Rod" Hundley

“After I played him for the first time, I said 'Let's see. He's four or five inches taller. He's 40 or 50 pounds heavier. His vertical leap is at least as good as mine. He can get up and down the floor as well as I can. And he's smart. The real problem with all this is I have to show up.'”
--Bill Russell, on Wilt Chamberlain

“It seemed like whatever I touched, I was breaking record after record. I just knew I was on. I completely destroyed all existing shooting records there -- an omen of things to come.”
--Wilt Chamberlain, on playing pinball and shooting an air rifle at the penny arcade in Hershey, PA prior to his 100-point performance against the New York Knicks on March 2,1962

“Bill Russell helped make my dream a better dream because when you play with the best, you know you have to play your best.”
--Wilt Chamberlain

“People say it was the greatest individual rivalry they’ve ever seen. I agree with that. Let me assure you that if either Wilt’s or Russ’ coach had ever told one of them he couldn’t guard the other guy, he would have lost that player forever.”
--Bill Russell

“We were forced to play against the Celtics 11 to 13 times during the regular season. And if you think that wasn't enough, then we had another seven games against them in the playoffs, if it went seven games. So I had a chance to see William Felton Russell much more than I wanted to.”
--Will Chamberlain

“Russell single-handedly revolutionized this game simply because he made defense so important.”
--Red Auerbach, 1964

“When I was a ballboy for the Knicks, Wilt sent me out right before the game to buy him a couple of hot dogs. Then he ate them right on the bench while in uniform.”
--Marv Albert, on Wilt Chamberlain's eccentric pre-game eating habits