September 25, 2022

Long before leading the NBA, Adam Silver was a passionate young staffer whose duties included opening mail, writing memos and carrying large stacks of glossy photos of Bill Russell – all important, but nothing special. gratifying as the last.

Russell, of course, was notoriously reluctant to sign autographs, preferring a conversation or a handshake to a scribbled signature as a way to connect with people. But for the fan who needed something tangible, there were the glossy photos. And Silver, in his role as special assistant to the commissioner in the early 1990s, had the task of navigating those moments.