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Focuses on Bill Russell's legacy as a civil rights activist alongside his career achievements as a player.
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Violence & Scariness
Some discussion of racially motivated violence and harassment.
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Occasional profanity ("s--t," "ass," etc.) and some racist language.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bill Russell: Legend is a documentary series about civil rights activist and 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell. The series covers Russell's historic run with the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and '60s, and how his experiences as an athlete inspired his activism. The series also features interviews with Russell's teammates and rivals; NBA stars like Larry Bird, Chris Paul, and Steph Curry comment on Russell's legacy.
Is It Any Good?
The early years of the NBA tend to live in the shadow of the star-studded 1980s, when basketball's popularity skyrocketed. Bill Russell: Legend takes a close look at one of the few players from the 1950s and '60s who most modern fans are at least passingly familiar with, examining his impact on the game as well as his activist legacy. Though plenty of all-time greats weigh in on Russell's life and work throughout the series, the series smartly chooses to focus on historical journalism over commentary from talking heads. The result is a satisfying deep dive into the life and work of one of the most important figures in basketball history, one who fans should know as much about as Magic or Jordan.
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