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Bill Russell honored by Basketball Hall of Famers — Andscape

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Nearly a year ago, Alonzo Mourning was one of chosen few Basketball Hall of Famers on stage who presented NBA icon Bill Russell for his second induction. Mourning was also on stage Saturday with Jerry West at the Hall of Fame’s annual ceremony to again honor Russell albeit posthumously — before the Class of 2022 was inducted.

“He was a pioneer and an important part of all of our lives for those associated with the basketball community,” a solemn Mourning told Andscape following the ceremony. “I’m just proud of the opportunity I had to spend with him throughout the years and share some special moments. He uplifted me in so many different ways. I was inspired by his journey. He is so deserving of any acknowledgement and commemoration.

“We still need to celebrate his name, because he paved the way during a time where he had to deal…


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