Celtics honor 'genuine hero' Bill Russell in front of opener

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In front of the Celtics opening the 2022-23 NBA season against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at TD Nursery

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the establishment praised the life and tradition of Bill Russell

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The 11-time NBA champion and social liberties symbol whose No. 6 was for all time resigned by the NBA directly following his demise this mid year.

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"Charge Russell was an extraordinary man," Celtics star Jaylen Brown said as a feature of a pregame function regarding Russell.

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Celtics legend Bill Russell merits our adoration, figuring out, regard

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The service began around 15 minutes before Tuesday night's down warned with a video featuring Russell's profession

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Afterward, fans respected Russell's widow, Jeannine Russell, 

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as she sat courtside and mournfully recognized a wildly energetic applause during a break in the second from last quarter of the Celtics