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Dwight Howard: A Modern Day Bill Russell

Published by on June 9, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Before you get up in arms, hear me out.  Everyone is quick to look at the offensive output of most great centers. Mikan, Chamberlain, Shaq, Robinson, and Jabbar weren't exactly known for their defense. The only center to accomplish that feat is the greatest player in the history of the NBA, Bill Russell.

Russell always said he could score, but it was defense that won championships. Russell had an uncanny knack for turning a blocked shot into a fast break. His ability to aid and recover helped build trust with his teammates. He anchored his way to 11 championships, eight of them straight.

The NBA Finals MVP is now named after him, and it is a fitting tribute to a man who stood only 6'9", but towered over others at...

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