Steve Nash and Bill Russell are one and the same

Bill Walton describes the similarities between Steve Nash and Bill Russell.

Updated: May 24, 2006, 12:54 PM ET
By Bill Walton | ESPN Insider
The similarities between Steve Nash (my favorite current player) and Bill Russell (my all-time favorite player) are astounding.

Both were born in remote outposts of civilization that were wracked by unconscionable racial hatred and segregation. Both of their families spirited them off to more favorable environs at a very early age.

Both came to basketball comparatively late in life. NBA Insider and Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton will again serve as a game analyst for ESPN's NBA telecasts. He joined ESPN and ABC Sports' in their inaugural season of NBA coverage in 2002.