In this vivid and lively account, Thomas J. Whalen chronicles Russell's memorable last season and the Celtics' dazzling triumph. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s and Boston's own turbulent and bitter struggles with race, he tells the fascinating story of how an improbable championship team overcame poor health, indifferent fans, disruptive personnel changes, and internal morale problems. Whalen recounts how Russell transformed the game of basketball during his remarkable career and revisits the outspoken superstar's conflicted relationship with Boston. He also tells why the Celtics, the first team to break several NBA color lines, failed to attract a loyal following among the city's largely white sports fanatics and press corps.
Brimming with such Celtics and NBA legends as Red Auerbach, Walter Brown, Johnny Most, John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Tom "Satch" Sanders, Tom Heinsohn, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, and Bill Bradley, this thoroughly engaging and insightful work will appeal to historians and sports buffs alike....Continua