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Wednesday Round-Up: Basketball Legend Bill Russell Visits The Seahawks

Good morning, 12s.

Here’s a look at what’s ‘out there’ for today – Wednesday, August 28 – about your Seattle Seahawks:

Bill Russell: Basketball Legend, Loyal 12

It wasn’t just a normal Tuesday practice along the shores of Lake Washington, as former Celtics player and SuperSonics head coach Bill Russell visited the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. The basketball Hall of Famer sat just off the field watching the team practice in the shade before making his way out to the team in a golf cart to say his ‘hello’s.’

“I owe so much to Bill in the messaging that these guys are hearing. I can hear it in their conversation and when they get their chance to participate. I can hear Bill’s words and his thoughts creeping through our guys’ mentality,” says Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll regarding Bill Russell.

Carroll’s met with the Olympic basketball player a handful of times and speaks very highly of him. “He’s given us some real interesting and important insights that we were talking about with our guys throughout camp since we've been back. It’s been really fun for me. There’s always new stuff. There’s always things to learn and always things to grow by.”

Bill Russell looks back on an extremely successful basketball career, in all aspects of the sport. He is an 11-time NBA champion and 12-time NBA All-Star as a player. As a coach in the National Basketball League, he won two championships. The fame doesn’t stop there as he also won a gold medal in the 1956 Olympic Games playing on the U.S. men’s basketball team.

Social Post Of The Day

Today’s ‘Social Post of the Day’ comes from CenturyLink Field, as they post a few photos of Make-A-Wish kids visiting the stadium on Tuesday. The kids are visiting the VMAC on Wednesday.

More From Around The Web

Seahawks.com’s John Boyle reports on defensive end Ziggy Ansah returning to practice on Tuesday. Boyle also answers questions from fans in his latest mailbag.

Gregg Bell from The Tacoma News Tribune and Brady Henderson at ESPN.com both look into Ansah’s return to the practice field.

Brent Stecker from 710 ESPN Seattle, Joe Fann from NBC Sports Northwest, and Gregg Bell from The Tacoma News Tribune all share their thoughts on the team’s recent roster moves.

The 710 ESPN Seattle sports writing staff expand on guard Ethan Pocic’s preseason performance so far.

Joe Fann at NBC Sports Northwest shares his second 53-man roster projection.

Gregg Bell at The Tacoma News Tribune looks at the team’s o-line depth.

Art Thiel at SportsPressNW writes up a story about rookie safety Ugo Amadi.

Photos from Tuesday's practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center in preparation for Thursday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

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