Russell To Be Paid $1 Million For Auerbach Book

Sure, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel just released a new book, but did Buckeye boosters give him $1 million to write it? Because that’s what Bill Russell will be receiving for sharing stories about Red Auerbach.

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The NEW YORK OBSERVER slams down news that the former Celtics center will be receiving a cool mil to pen a missive about the former cigar-chomping Celtics coach & GM.

Collins, a division of publisher HarperCollins (makes sense), reportedly agreed to pay the large sum to the 74-year-old Celtics legend, who’ll be putting his thoughts on Auerbach on paper.

The book, tentatively titled Red and Me, is scheduled to be published in the spring of 2009 - about the same time the Celts expect to be back on top of the Eastern Conference with a 20-game lead, right Boston fans?

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(“Where’s your white hair & beard, Kareem?”)

Anyway, wouldn’t it be great if this same couple showed at Bill’s first book signing, only to exclaim how excited they were to be getting Julius Erving’s new book?