Bill Russell was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. In fact, since he won 11 championships in 13 seasons, you could say he was THE best ever!
So what did a tough player like Russell do before games?
For years, Russell would get so nervous before tip-off, he'd have to throw up. What’s weird is that right after I saw that in The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball, I was reading the autobiography of actor Michael Caine. (He’s been in over a hundred films.) When Caine started out in acting in plays, he noted there was an empty bucket off-stage in many theaters.
“I wonder what that’s for?” he asked himself.
When showtime got close, Caine got nervous. And then, right before his big entrance, Caine found himself with his head over the pail, throwing up!
Yep, it was a puke bucket. And Caine went on to use these buckets many, many times!
Bill Russell picture from here,
Michael Caine from here,