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Russell Off the Bench
Date: January 23, 1968
It had to be unusual to see Bill Russell not starting a game, but that was the case at the 1968 NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Russell managed to be a contributor in 23 minutes on the floor with nine rebounds and eight assists as the East All-Stars won, 144-124. Over his career, Russell was named to 12 All-Star teams and earned ASG MVP honors of the 1963 game in Los Angeles.
From the collection of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (photo by Heritage Werks)