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.
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.
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