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UCLA football: Jim Mora takes risk, says Celtic is 'greatest winner'

September 17, 2013|By Chris Foster
  • Boston Celtics great Bill Russell is congratulated by coach Red Auerbach after scoring his 10,000th career point during a game against the Baltimore Bullets in 1964. UCLA football Coach Jim Mora is a fan of Russell's.
Boston Celtics great Bill Russell is congratulated by coach Red Auerbach… (Associated Press )

UCLA Coach Jim Mora was preaching team play to the Bruins before practice and to the media afterward.

His shining example? Former Boston Celtics center Bill Russell, whom Mora knows.

Mora said he showed a video about Bill Russell to the Bruins because Russell was, in Mora's opinion, “the greatest winner of team sports. He played 21 years of organized basketball and won 18 championships. Everything about him was about the team, the team winning.”

Sorry, Jim, the Lakers-heavy fan base in Los Angeles stopped listening as soon as you said “Bill Russell.”

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