Letter: Remembering Invoice Russell of the Biggest Winner

Invoice Plashke’s column on Invoice Russell was a ravishing tribute.

When pundits speak about Russell’s profession as an incredible winner, they at all times seek advice from his 11 NBA titles, as he ought to, however that is not the entire story. He led the USF to 2 consecutive NCAA championships on the way in which to a file 60-game profitable streak on the time and led the 1956 U.S. Olympic workforce to the gold medal, lengthy earlier than NBA gamers competed for our nation.

Invoice Russell is the best winner in sports activities historical past. Period.

Jim Perry


My reminiscences of Invoice Russell have been formed by his a lot earlier radio present on KABC. Greatest until date. I nonetheless quote his every day log off line: “Simply keep in mind, within the division retailer of life, the sport is the toy division.” That and his distinctive snort, which Jim Healy performed a number of instances.

noel park
Rancho Palos Verdes


Invoice Russell had a radio discuss present that aired at midday in LA within the early Nineteen Seventies. On the time I solely knew him because the central determine on the Celtics workforce that failed the Lakers championship yr after yr and broke our hearts, however I quickly realized, earlier than I went to work the night time shift. From listening to him day in and time out, that he was a superb thinker and profound thinker when he usually turned away from sports activities, particularly on politics and social points. He was irresistibly sincere and even hilarious at instances, and I quickly grew to become a fan and admirer of this uncommon, genuine human being. And when a caller requested if a sure new, scorching guard within the NBA was pretty much as good as Jerry West, his speedy and emphatic reply was “No!” And that was it.

Dale Franklin

faculty entrance

In response to Invoice Plaschke, “a nation-leading 20 kids have been transferred to USC from different faculties” to play soccer. Specializing in USC’s most up-to-date gridiron failures, he quoted Oklahoma quarterback switch Caleb Williams as saying, “…we’re right here to alter that.” Nice! Whereas speaking to Mr Williams and different soccer transfers plans to make use of USC’s beneficiant monetary assist as a simple ticket to his fame and fortune, it’s a reminder that the cornerstone of the college is training. Go to class You’ll profit after your NFL day ends.

vic palos


Sure, even synchronic irony could be discovered within the pages of the sport. On Sunday, web page D1 on the high of the fold was dominated by the headline: “His life was on the road — Thomas Cole quits UCLA soccer after a suicide try.” Subsequent is the story of a younger man who felt fixed strain to play a school sport wherein he excelled, however by no means felt nicely.

Two inches away on Invoice Plaschke’s column is one other headline: “Trojan Hundreds Underneath Heavy Stress.” As Stan Lee favored to say, “‘Nuff mentioned it!”

Mitch Paradise
Los Angeles


A couple of years in the past, when the USC basketball program assigned Invoice Sharman’s “retired” quantity to a present participant, it did not get a point out.

The quantity for now “un-retired” Heisman winner Carson Palmer for the soccer program ought to verify to all alumni that the “Trojan household” has gone by way of a divorce from its historical past and custom.

invoice boyd


Custom be damned! Herald employed soccer gamers. Name them “pupil athletes”, not mercenaries. Neglect in regards to the workforce, the varsity, the delight, the spirit. It is all about notoriety and cash. However what in regards to the different 95% of USC soccer gamers? The place is the fairness, the the Aristocracy, the honour? Apparently that is of no consequence to USC.

Joseph F. puggy junior

Significantly, Dodgers?

Joey Gallo?? are you severe?? Then again, with Gallo, Max Muncie and Cody Bellinger within the lineup on the similar time the price of air-con would be the absolute minimal inside Dodger Stadium.

Herb Schoenberg


Unsurprisingly, the Dodgers guarded the longer term and will have forfeited the 2022 pennant (together with Juan Soto) for the Padres.

Jack Wishard
Los Angeles


The Dodgers beat the Giants, good. The Dodgers sweep the Giants in a four-match collection in Los Angeles, the higher. The Dodgers sweep the Giants in a four-game collection in San Francisco, Priceless!!

Ken Blake

Reward! Reward!

I’m a subscriber of The Instances for 50 years. Ben Bolch’s article about Thomas Cole. This was probably the most wonderful articles and necessary issues I’ve learn in a very long time. Ben has excellent UCLA protection. They’re in-depth and informative. Instances fortunate that Ben is.

bob waldorf


Dick Vermeel from Bravo to be inducted into Corridor of Fame! Everybody remembers his Tremendous Bowl victory with the Eagles, however few keep in mind him guiding UCLA to Ohio State’s shock upset on the 1976 Rose Bowl, which disadvantaged the Buckeyes of the nationwide championship. It was in all probability the largest victory in Bruin historical past!

jack wolf
Los Angeles


The Los Angeles Instances welcomes expressions of all views. The letter must be concise and change into the property of the Instances. They are often edited and republished in any format. Every should embody a sound postal handle and phone quantity. Pseudonyms won’t be used.

E-mail: Sports activities@latimes.com

Leave a Comment

A note to our visitors

This website has updated its privacy policy in compliance with changes to European Union data protection law, for all members globally. We’ve also updated our Privacy Policy to give you more information about your rights and responsibilities with respect to your privacy and personal information. Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our updated privacy policy.