Photo: Barack Obama and Bill Russell share a hug under new Boston statue

During a Friday unveiling ceremony at City Hall Plaza in Boston, the greatest champion in NBA history, Bill Russell, was honored with a 600-pound bronze statue. Russell won 11 championships in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics.

Russell helped put the Celtics on the map just 10 years after the franchise was established. While he and the city have, in the past, had a rocky relationship, this was a great display by both parties to come together and honor their mutual history.

Shortly after the unveiling, President Barack Obama paid his tribute to the legend, embracing Russell in a hug beneath the shadow of the statue.

 

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

[H/T: Deadspin]