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NBA Legend Bill Russell Steals the 2018 NBA Awards Show with Obscene Gesture at Charles Barkley

The 2018 NBA Awards from Los Angeles on June 25 (televised on TNT) celebrated the achievements of players and coaches for the 2017-18 season, including Houston Rockets guard James Harden as the league’s Most Valuable Player and Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons as Rookie of the Year.

But the most talked-about moment of the night belonged to Bill Russell, the legendary Celtics great and 11-time NBA champion.

Just prior to presenting the lifetime achievement award for another NBA legend Oscar Robertson, Charles Barkley thanked many of the NBA Hall of Famers in the audience. Russell responded fo Barkley’s mention of his name by casually flipping him the bird.

Shortly thereafter, Russell took to Twitter to apologize for his gesture, despite most of social media reacting positively to the moment:

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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