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Boston to unveil statue of Celtics great Bill Russell

President Obama got a sneak peek at the statue on Wednesday.
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President Obama got a sneak peek at the statue on Wednesday.

BOSTON (AP) — It’s a day to honor another of Boston’s greatest sports champions.

A statue of former Celtics star Bill Russell is scheduled to be unveiled Friday at City Hall Plaza.

Russell played center from 1956 to 1969, also serving as player-coach for three seasons. During that 13-year period, the Celtics won 11 NBA titles.

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Russell was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975 and some believe Friday’s Boston ceremony is long overdue.

President Barack Obama awarded Russell with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 and Obama was given a sneak preview of the statue designed by a local artist during his visit to the city on Wednesday.