Bill Russell’s demise has closed the curtain on an era of greats. For his epitaph, his line from Kyrie Irving’s Uncle Drew movie is apt.
6’10” Bill Russell’s epitaph should come out of Pepsi and Kyrie Irving’s $5 million ad “Uncle Drew”
As the world pours in its tributes to the late great Bill Russell, it is only right that we shower him with love and affection as we look back at the life of one of the game’s greatest ever players.
Mr. Russell was nothing short of phenomenal during his time. Winning an unprecedented 11 NBA Titles as a player. In fact, he won in 11 out of the 13 seasons he played, an 85% title-winning record!
Amazing fact: Bill Russell was NBA Champion in 85% of the seasons he played.
He really won 11 rings in 13 seasons. pic.twitter.com/xxGU7WG1K0
— S1a1Muse (@statmuse) July 31, 2022
Legends in the mold of Bill Russell will likely never grace us in the future. He pioneered the game and paved the way for modern big men in the NBA, we are short of words when it comes to describing the impact he has had on the game.
Off the court, he was a champion of the people. Standing up for the rights of people and fighting deeply entrenched racism, during a time when speaking out was dangerous, Bill Russell is the reason why the NBA is as it is today.
In his tribute, we think he has given us some of the greatest lines in basketball movie history and one of them should be his epitaph.
— Overtime (@overtime) July 31, 2022
6’10” Bill Russell tells “Uncle Drew” aka Kyrie Irving that the game has always been and always will be about buckets!
Truer words have never been spoken. The game of basketball is not based on statistics or passes, or dribbles, it is about getting a bucket.
The commercial, which was sponsored by Pepsi Max revolves around an aging streetball player by the name of “Uncle Drew”, played by Kyrie Irving.
In the promo, Drew meets Bill Russel, who delivers an epic line, “What these ‘young bloods’ have to understand, that this game has always been and always be about buckets!”
— David🏴☠️🔥🦅 (@g_real30) July 31, 2022
Russell also says “Uncle Drew” is a real baller! But to us, Mr. Russell was the real one. As we celebrate his legacy and impact on the game of basketball, we will be digging our archives to find more stories on the late great Bill Russell. Stay tuned to this space for more.