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Dan Shaughnessy, Terrence Moore discuss Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell’s impact

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If Boston Globe sports journalist Dan Shaughnessy is known for anything, it is his ability to be critical of Boston sports figures regardless of the context. But when news broke of the passing of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell, the notoriously disputatious Shaughnessy had nothing but praise for the 11-time Celtics champion and pivotal figure in the US Civil Rights movement of the 1960s up to this very day in an appearance on CNN to discuss the legacy of Russell on the league and wider world.

Joined by Forbes writer Terrence Moore, the duo discussed Russell’s life and works far beyond the confines of a hardwood parquet, discussing how as the league’s first Black head coach (and first champion Black head coach at that) pioneered the use of the platform athletic excellence provides has changed so much about the world we live in today.

Watch the clip embedded below to hear their words in full as we all reflect on the loss and life of basketball — and the world’s –great figures of the last century.

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