Sunday, July 31, 2022

Bill Russel Dead At 88 RIP As One of the Greatest Defensive and Shot Blockers of All Times


Bill Russel and Wilt Chamberlain were probably the greatest shot blockers to play the B-ball game
Time and time again hot shooters trying to extend their shooting streak would be tame
While Wilt tried to block every shot
Russel at critical times his blocks sought
Sadly the NBA did not make blocked shots a stat to record
Until 1973 the year after Wilt received his retirement award
The title most block shots is derived from columns in sports
About the number of shots either one would often swat short
And memories of refs and players who on 6-7 blocked shots would agree
Both made shooters try the impossible of shooting over or through a tree
Despite his ability to rebound and block shots Russel meta player against which he could not defend
This NBA player and coach all-star and MVP  death’s drive to the basket of life he could not end
He as just died peacefully surrounded by family and friends
Honored and remembered in basketball and the Civil Rights Movement trend
Medal of Freedom winner for his efforts to end discrimination off the court
Farewell to a star whose long and worthy life was thankfully not short

© July 31, 2022 The Alaskanpoet


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