Bill Russell and Vin Scully get their dues, plus more quotes of the week ESPN logo
Friday, August 5, 2022

The sports world paid tribute to Bill Russell and Vin Scully, two titans of their fields, and more from our quotes of the week.

"He's the most important person to put on a basketball uniform ever."

Michael Wilbon, on the death of Boston Celtics legend Russell

"[His] extraordinary contribution to the sport is one thing, and then his extraordinary contribution as an activist is something else. ... Any issue, Bill was on the right side of it."

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, on Russell

"He was the best there ever was."

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, on the death of announcing legendScully

"There's not a better storyteller, and I think everyone considers him family. He was in our living rooms for many generations. He lived a fantastic life, a legacy that will live on forever."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, on Scully

"I need another year. After this year, I think I'll be in the [best player] conversation."

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, on his career potential, via Complex

"F--- no!"

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, on what Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan said to him when he told him to come play with the Warriors in 2021