Bill Russell is often shafted because he wasn't putting up Wilt Chamberlain type numbers. Russell is the greatest winner in basketball history, period... Former teammate Don Nelson got it right about Russell.
"There are two types of superstars. One makes himself look good at the expense of the other guys on the floor. But there's another type who makes the players around him look better than they are, and that's the type Russell was."
"Hey, thank you for leaving me off your Mount Rushmore. I’m glad you did," said Russell. "Basketball is a team game, it’s not for individual honors. I won back-to-back state championships in high school, back-to-back NCAA championships in college, I won an NBA championship my first year in the league, an NBA championship in my last year, and nine in between. That, Mr. James, is etched in stone."
Russell has it all, he's won 5 MVP's, and he'll go down as the greatest winner of all-time. Russell is on an island alone. Nobody will touch his resume in terms of championships, and even with a lot of the individual awards he won. Russell gave the best response possible to James, and to his enormous ego.