[Free] ⚖ Second Wind ☻ Franzbielmeier.de

For some reason I like reading books about basketball, I think this is my third one in the past year. I don't read books about football or hockey or soccerall sports I follow to a degree. Just basketball. I'm fascinated by the history of the game and about the greatsboth players and coaches. I like to understand why teams win and how they sustain success. Ironically, basketball games are normally won by the team with the strongest players, upsets are rare, but strategy and philosophy seems to make a difference (hence Phil Jackson's abnormal success). So reading the memoir of another repeat winner, Bill Russell, appealed to me. I knew he was famous for his defence and his curmudgeonly personality, but otherwise I knew very little about the man. Well, I got more than I bargained for: rather than the life of a basketball great, this is a very critical self examination of a life of a great man, warts and all. He spends as much time talking about his grandfather, the women in his life, or freedom, as he does about the Celtics. The three characteristics of his personality that stuck out, which I believe helped to explain his greatness both on and off the court, were the depth of his analytical abilities, his self awareness, and his independent thought. Bill Russell was an original thinker, always curious, and never afraid to express his opinion. His honesty and candour deserve five stars, but his writing style (this sometimes reads like it was written in the wee hours by a solipsistic teenager) deserves barely three. This book is hardly about basketball, and that fact actually strengthens it's appeal. Russell doesn't spend too much time rehashing stories of old glory on the court, in fact some of the best basketball stories are about the Celtic team culture and the way the players kept things light during stressful stretches of the season.
Where the book really flies is when Russell talks about his innovative approach to the game. He was a pioneer who changed basketball at a time when the sport was still young enough to be molded. You might consider him the Steve Jobs of basketball for the impact he had on the game's formative years. But the majority of the book is spent on details of Russell's life off the court and his musings on several topics of interest; race relations, athletes using their profile to speak out about social justice, the NCAA and the problem of "amateur" sports, women. Sometimes he meanders from subject to subject, almost in a stream of conscious sort of way.
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All that said, I have always had huge admiration for William Felton Russell, a student of the game, the greatest defensive basketball player in NBA history by a wide margin, and a clear thinker regarding the chasm between blacks and whites in this country. There is a statue of Russell on City Hall Plaza in Boston (Russell: "I never played for 'Boston.' I played for the Celtics."). I have always felt that the City missed a great opportunity to honor this incredible man by naming the third harbor tunnel in his honor. No such luck: it's the Ted Williams Tunnel, named for a man no one realized then, and few realize now, was half Mexican. I appreciate the candor, but he’s not my cup of tea. Overall was highly impressed with this book. Much more introspective, reflective and thought provoking than the standard fare sports figure biography. Clearly benefited from Branch's style, the sections on championship team culture and racism are worth a top rating even if some of the other sections (i.e. women and family upbringing) are less interesting. Most interesting is how the thoughts and perspectives expressed are still highly relevant and timely 40 years after it was written.

Highly recommend. I enjoyed the read. It was full of bits of wisdom from love to competition to racism. The flow of words was easy and enjoyable. The insight was informative. I liked it. Bill Russell's sortof biography. But it's not completely organized like a biography. The first chapter is about his childhood in Mississippi, and his father and grandfather. But he spent almost half his childhood in Oakland, and there's not too much about that, and there's not much about his college years, except as spread throughout the book regarding his basketball education. He's awfully candid (but neither explicit nor braggardly) about his sleeping around on his wife, and similar acts by pro teammates (though he is discreet enough not to mention names there). In fact, he hardly mentions his wife, as she apparently wasn't a very large part of his life. He's pretty philosophical, and mostly aware that his opinions are just that, and out of the mainstream, and that he's not always consistent. Refreshing, that. Didn't want to be inducted into the Hall of Fame (the first Black to be so) because he knew a lot of the folks who had been and thought that they weren't very worthy (mostly because of racism)including Abe Saperstien, founder of Harlem Globetrotters, whom he claimed fought against integration of MLB and NBA, as that would subtract from his bottom line. But does a good job of explaining his outofthemainstream ideas, mostly. The one disappointment is that it was written in 1979, shortly after he finished his first coaching stint, and only ten years after he retired as a player. So there's less perspective. But also the kind of things he says about "athletes these days" has less resonance. My favorite book. So smart, as you would expect from Bill Russell and Taylor Branch. But it was also genuinely entertaining to read and made me laugh several times. Bill Russell’s life is remarkable, and this book does it justice. I grew up a Celtics fan in the 1980s because my dad went to law school in Boston in the early 1960s. It was cheaper for he and his friends to go watch the Celtics play than most other things they could do, so frequently they did, winning a championship every year he was there in large part because Bill Russell was there too. As Russell was considered the leader of those Celtics, he has always occupied a spot in in sports imagination. Of all the athletes I've never seen play, Russell is the one I would most like to see play in his prime. (Between college and pro, he played for 17 seasons, winning a championship in 13! His last three seasons with the Celtics he was playercoach!!)

So I was thrilled to track down a copy of his memoir cowritten with Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning biographer of MLK, Jr. It was a mixed success. The opening chapter about his family and upbringing in Louisiana was great, as were the other accounts of his youth in Oakland, his mother's passing, and figuring out how to really play basketball after graduating high school. He doesn't talk about basketball much, but I loved hearing about his relationships with the other Celtics, particularly K.C. Jones and Sam Jones. The story about his grandfather breaking down in tears when visiting the Celtics' locker room and realized the white and black players showered together, were genuinely friends, and all had to do what "William" told them to was my favorite moment. The latter chapters on women and post basketball life dropped this from a four star book to a three. The chapter on women made me uncomfortable and the post playing days portion conveyed the sense of drift most professional athletes of his caliber must experience; necessary for his life story but it did not make for the most interesting reading.

All and all, I'm glad to have read it, and I appreciate Russell's gifts on the court and as an deeply independent and opinionated man.