Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, several MA politicians draft resolution to honor Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell

The resolution pays homage to the life and legacy of the Celtics legend.

Representative Ayanna Pressley and several other elected officials from the state of Massachusetts put together a House Resolution honoring the life and legacy of Boston Celtics Hall of Fame big man Bill Russell this week.

Russell passed away at the end of last July and was one of the true national treasures of the modern world. The Celtic great not only contributed to society as his sport’s ultimate winner with a total of 11 NBA titles to his name amongst countless other accolades but also used his platform at great personal risk to help others in the US Civil Rights movement and many other causes right up to the present day.

From the resolution drafted by Congresswoman Pressley:

How Bob Cousy and the Boston Celtics helped shape Massachusetts AG and gubernatorial candidate Maura Healey

Basketball (and being a point guard) played a major role in making Healey who she is today.

Long before she was a candidate for the governorship of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, state Attorney General Maura Healey was a point guard. And Healey was a fan of Hall of Fame Boston Celtics floor general Bob Cousy at that, donning his No. 14 while playing for the Harvard University women’s basketball program.

That frame of mind followed her in her stops playing as a pro overseas in Austria, through her time at law school up to the present. When she waded into politics, Healey applied the logic of a point guard to how she does her job working for the state — by looking for the play that lifts everyone up.

Now, with Healey in the race to succeed Charlie Baker as governor, she is drawing on her roots in the sport to ground her campaign.

To talk over how the Celtics and basketball more broadly have shaped her career as a public servant — and of course to talk about the Celtics of today — Healey sat down with the hosts of the CLNS Media “Celtics Lab” podcast on a recent episode.

Be sure to check this episode out to hear about everything from how Jaylen Brown inspires her to the importance of being a Bill Russell over a Wilt Chamberlain.

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Celtics Lab 139: Talking hoops and the Celtics season to come with Maura Healey

The hosts of the CLNS Media “Celtics Lab” podcast got a chance to sit down with Healey to talk about the Celtics of today and our past, the sport more broadly, as well as her platform.

It isn’t very often that a candidate for a major political office in the United States is also a huge fan of the sport of basketball, to say nothing of the Boston Celtics. It’s even less common that they are scholars of the game’s history. And it’s nearly unheard of one being all that and a former pro in the sport.

But that would be an excellent way to describe the current Democratic candidate for Governor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Maura Healey. Currently the state’s Attorney General since 2014, Healey has previously been co-captain of the Harvard Crimson women’s basketball team and played overseas in Austria for UBBC Wustenrot Salzburg.

Healey has thrown her hat in the ring for the Governorship, but she doesn’t just stick to politics; a serious fan of the Celtics and the sport in general, she spent her years as a player donning No. 14 in honor of Celtics legend Bob Cousy, and her time playing the sport inflects her work as a politician today.

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The hosts of the CLNS Media “Celtics Lab” podcast got a chance to sit down with her to talk about the Celtics of today and our past, the sport more broadly.

At the end of the pod (so you can drop out if that’s not your thing), we talk about her plans and tasks ahead if she wins the race to be 73rd Governor of Massachusetts.

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Join your usual hosts Cameron Tabatabaie, Alex Goldberg, and Justin Quinn for one of our favorite interviews in some time, as well as the trickle of news coming in from Donovan Mitchell’s trade to the Cleveland Cavs to rumbles of what Boston might do to fill their final remaining open roster slots.

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Star Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown announces partnership to support women entrepreneurs

Brown is a longtime activist and supporter of causes that seek to level the playing field for historically underserved communities around the US.

Star Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown recently announced on Twitter that he plans to partner with Legal Zoom’s “Fast Break 4 Small Biz” program in support of women starting their own businesses to be their own bosses.

Citing a recent Legal Zoom survey that found among 60% of their respondents started a business explicitly to be their own boss, Brown announced his partnership with the organization. The study cited by Brown notes how while women are part of a rising tide of entrepreneurship, they still find themselves in a sheer minority (just 4%) of small business funding from traditional financial institutions — and just 2% of funding from venture capital sources.

The Georgia native shared how he hopes to help with “providing equitable resources for women” through his partnership with Legal Zoom.

Brown is a longtime activist and supporter of causes that seek to level the playing field for historically underserved communities around the US.

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Shams: NBA to retire Boston Celtics, civil rights legend Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey across the league

“Players who currently wear No. 6 – such as (Los Angeles) Lakers‘ LeBron James – will be grandfathered,” added Charania.

Recently deceased Boston Celtics Hall of Fame big man and U.S. civil rights legend Bill Russell will have his No. 6 jersey number retired league-wide, according to new reporting from The Athletic NBA insider Shams Charania.

Russell, who left us on July 31 at age 88, was known not only for his 11 championships, 13 All-Star appearances, 5 Most Valuable Player awards and countless other accolades, but also for his work fighting for social and racial justice, his mentorship, and charitable works. His decision to speak out against injustice in his time as a player was unprecedented for those in professional sports of any kind or race, and he risked his career in order to use his platform for the greater good in ways still following the example he set in the 1960s today.

“Players who currently wear No. 6 – such as (Los Angeles) Lakers‘ LeBron James – will be grandfathered,” added Charania.

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Reverend Al Sharpton: Celtics’ Bill Russell took his celebrity status to the causes

The Celtics great pioneered the role of athletes using their platform for greater causes than sport.

Boston Celtics Hall of Fame big man Bill Russell touched lives far beyond the basketball court in his 88 years of life, his work as a mentor and civil rights activist literally helping to change the course of US history.

And for that, he is at least as fondly remembered by his peers in that struggle that saw him in the March On Washington at the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and by the side of Muhammad Ali with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Brown as Ali defied the draft. And now today, another ally in that struggle, the Reverend Al Sharpton, took some time to memorialize his friend and comrade.

Speaking with MSNBC after learning of Russell’s passing, Sharpton spoke at length about how the Celtics great pioneered the role of athletes using their platform for greater causes than sport.

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On Bill Russell, the Boston Celtics, and good trouble

Russell’s greatness stems not from what he did on the court, but from what he did off of it in spite of what he could have lost.

Basketball and an activism that became accompliceship have been two threads in my life that have tied my identity as a person together long before I knew how closely intertwined they actually were. I mention this today after hearing the news of the man who embodied both more than anyone I have ever known passed away in one William Felton Russell.

My heart, like many, is heavy. But it is also full of joy that there was a man like Russell in this life to have guided us, to show us what is possible when one fights with everything they have, regardless of the context. That such struggles don’t require one to throw oneself against the rocks but to be careful with where one spends one’s energy, to walk with others who share your principles and energy.

Like so many others, Russell’s life changed how I looked at what was possible.

Celtics, NBA world react to the passing of Bill Russell, Boston legend and civil rights icon

The world lost a giant today.

Boston Celtics legendary big man Bill Russell was simply incomparable in the achievements and connections that he made in his 88 years of life before leaving us this weekend. An 11-time champion with a list of accomplishments in the sport of basketball from college, the Olympics, and the NBA are simply too long to be listed in their entirety, and his indefatigable work fighting for civil rights and social justice eclipsed all of his many milestones and honors in sport.

The connections and respect he generated through his excellence far beyond the world of basketball were reflected in the reactions of the wider NBA world. Taking to social media to share their feelings about Russell’s life and legacy, countless fans, friends, and peers let their thoughts be known on the man and his works.

Let’s take a look at a selection of them.

Newest Celtic Danilo Gallinari shares why he picked Boston as a free agent

A longtime fan, the time to join the team had arrived.

On the most recent episode of the CLNS Media “A-List” podcast, the show’s hosts A. Sherrod Blakely, Gary Washburn, and Kwani A. Lunis put out a warm welcome to the newest Boston Celtic, veteran forward Danilo Gallinari, The trio discussed Gallinari’s choice to join the Celtics after several near misses during the Brad Stevens era, his fandom of the team as a kid and more.

Also, Washburn and Lunis recap how things went for Boston at the 2022 NBA 2K23 Las Vegas Summer League and discuss whether they believe current two way prospects and Sin City standouts Mfiondu Kabengele or JD Davison can make an impact in Boston.

This is a thorough and engaging interview that will help you get to know the Italian Stallion a bit better before you see him on the court in green and white, so be sure to watch the video embedded below in its entirety.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire.

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5 ridiculous names Canadians can legally bet on to become the next President of the United States

Actors, entrepreneurs, wrestlers and that’s not even the half of it

In order to legally wager on United States elections, you’ll have to visit a sportsbook outside of the country. While handicapping poll results is nothing new, there are still some very understandable reasons why it hasn’t made its way to the states.

If you live close enough up north, you can, however, hop across the border with your cellphone and start placing wagers now in Ontario.

DraftKings Sportsbook has posted live odds for the 2024 U.S. presidential election, and while many of the names are quite familiar, there are another handful that will stop you cold in your tracks—and also maybe have you considering a small bet on them.

Let’s run through the most absurd “candidates” here.