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Celtics player-coach Bill Russell was named Sportsman of the Year after winning a 10th NBA title. SI's George Plimpton spent a day with Russell.
THE TROPHIES are downstairs in a cellar room that has a covered pool table in the middle, an unstocked bar at one end and posters of Allen Ginsberg and Marlon Brando on the wall. The room is dark and dusty and apparently little used. Russell says that he hopes to devote the floor space to a large electric train system for his children and also for himself. He'd clear everything out for that, including these trophies. These stand in a tall case—rows of them, mostly yard-high replicas of players poised, right arm up, to shoot one-handed shots with silver basketballs. They commemorate one of the most remarkable records in sports: 14 years of play at the pinnacle of basketball—two years leading the University of San Francisco to the national championship and 12 years with the Celtics, leading them to 10 world championships and one second-place finish.
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