Former Celtics star Bill Russell watched the unveiling of his statue yesterday at City Hall Plaza.

Team owners, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino were there, along with NBA greats Bill Walton, Charles Barkley and Julius Erving.

Russell played center from 1956 to 1969, also serving as player-coach for three seasons. During those years, the Celtics won 11 NBA titles. (Associated Press)