Three Celtic all stars - Allen, Garnett and Pierce - brought Russell a 75th birthday cake at half time Sunday night at the NBA all star game.
The NBA finals MVP trophy was re-named for Bill Russell last weekend.
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On May 6, 1999 the Celtics re-retired Russell's jersey in a ceremony attended by Russell's on-court rival Chamberlain, along with Celtics legend Larry Bird and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The crowd gave Russell a prolonged standing ovation, which brought tears to his eyes. Russell was visibly shaken at this out pour of adoration. He thanked Chamberlain for taking him to the limit and "making [him] a better player" and the crowd for "allowing [him] to be a part of their lives."