As a lifelong fan of Cleveland sports teams, I was overwhelmed with emotion when the Cavaliers recently ended Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought after they captured the NBA championship. The series, especially the final winner-take-all game, was one for the ages.
My knees were still weak, so I sat on the couch in front of my TV for the post-game awards presentations.
First, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, presented the championship team trophy. They moved on to the NBA Finals MVP Award; a foregone conclusion since LeBron “the King” James had a record-setting performance.
Surprisingly, the commissioner was again called to make the MVP presentation. While Silver waxed poetic about the King, off to the left a tall distinguished bearded black man in a tan suit stood quietly and was never acknowledged.
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The tan suit man was NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell. Russell played 13 NBA seasons, winning 11 NBA championships. They didn’t recognize finals MVPs until 1969. Many think Russell would have won at least a half dozen.
What were they thinking?
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