Former Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell apparently has had enough of people downplaying his NBA career because of the era in which he played. While accepting the award for Lifetime Achievement, the NBA Hall-of-Famer had the last word over a handful of fellow legends. This is the comment that Russell made that stole the show at the NBA Awards.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 27, 2017
Dead. Skull emojis. Bill Russell just put everyone in their place. That was the epitome of a mic drop. Here is what people had to say about Russell's comment.
GOAT ARGUMENT OVER!
— Shem (@Shem) June 27, 2017
Wow. This Bill Russell moment is amazing. #NBAAwards
— Nick Carboni (@NickCarboniWCNC) June 27, 2017
— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) June 27, 2017
Bill Russell!!! That right there was worth this whole award show thing.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) June 27, 2017
BILL RUSSELL WINS THE NIGHT OH MY GOD #NBAAwards
— Jake Brown (@JakeBrownRadio) June 27, 2017
Bill Russell just destroyed anyone's question of whether the NBA needs an awards show. Funny as hell, poignant, powerful #NBAAwards
— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) June 27, 2017
bill russell: eternal 🐐
— adelle. (@adelleplaton) June 27, 2017
You could pretty much feel the pent up animosity that Russell had inside of him when he said those words. He had to have been stewing on that for years waiting on just the right moment to unleash it. And he did. The first ever NBA Awards show. What a moment. How do you top that next year? I don't think you can.