Cooper was my road roommate, and also happened to be the first African American player drafted by a National Basketball Association team.
I had endured six years of frustration so I think winning it all meant more to me than most of the others on the team.
Russell joined the team in December, 1956, following the Olympics.
That seemed to be the case with most of the teams based in the smaller towns - the fans were more rabid, and they wanted to literally kill the opposition.
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