Sunday night, as I was watching the trophy presentations, more specifically the Finals MVP trophy presentation, something bothered me. The NBA Finals MVP Trophy is named after Bill Russell, who was on stage for the presentation. The thing that bothered me, was not that he was on stage, but because he was not acknowledged by anyone. In my opinion, it was extremely disrespectful that Bill Russell wasn’t acknowledged. This is a man who was the first African-American head coach in the NBA, and won 11 NBA titles, something that might never be done again. Bill Russell should have gotten more respect than he did, and he should have been acknowledged. After all, there is a reason why it is his name on the trophy, and not the name of another player.
Thoughts on the NBA Finals trophy presentation