PLAYER PROFILE

HONEY RUSSELL

STATISTICS & HISTORY

J0hn “Honey” Russell began playing professional basketball while still attending high school in Brooklyn. He first gained prominence playing for the Brooklyn Pros in the fast Metropolitan Basketball League. In 1923, Russell was lured west by Marty Friedman to play for a strong independent team in Cleveland. Friedman became a mentor to the young Russell and tutored him in defensive technique and strategy. Friedman passed the mantle to Russell as the finest defensive player of his generation. The Cleveland Rosenblums entered the American Basketball League in 1925 and captured the inaugural championship of the new league. The next season saw Cleveland win the first half title, but shortly after the beginning of the second half, Russell had a falling out with owner Max Rosenblum and was shipped to Chicago. Russell’s years in Chicago were both fruitful (he was in his prime as a player and was named all-league four consecutive times) and frustrating (Chicago seldom rose out of the bottom of the pack in the standings).Russell remained among the top professional players through the mid-thirties. He led Trenton to the 1932-33 Eastern Basketball League title and into the ABL finals the following season. Russell began coaching at Seton Hall University in 1936 and built the basketball program into one of the nation’s strongest. From 1938 through 1941 his Seton Hall team won a then-record 43 consecutive games. When Seton Hall dropped its basketball program during World War II, Russell returned to the pro ranks as an ABL player-coach with teams in Brooklyn, New York and Trenton. During the 1945-46 season, Russell coached both Manhattan college and the ABL Trenton Tigers. In 1946, Russell was named the first coach of the Boston Celtics in the newly-formed Basketball Association of America. After two losing seasons in Boston, Russell returned to Seton Hall in 1949. He remained at the New Jersey school for the next eleven seasons. His 1952-53 team won 31 games including 27 consecutive contests, lost only two games and took the NIT championship.  Russell’s overall record in his two tenures at Seton was 294 wins and only 129 losses. After retiring from coaching, Russell remained active in sports as a successful baseball scout for twenty-six years. Russell was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1964.

 

 

HONEY RUSSELL Height: 6:00 Weight: 180 College: None
John David Russell Born: May 31, 1902 Died: Nov 15, 1973 Hometown: Brooklyn , NY
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1920-21 Plymouth PSL 7 5 8 18 2.6
1920-21 Easthampton IL 19 21 14 56 2.9
1921-22 Brooklyn Pros MBL 17 27 17 71 4.2
1921-22 MohawkAlbany NYSL 13 16 13 45 3.5
1921-22 Easthampton IL 22 50 27 127 5.8
1922-23 Brooklyn Pros MBL 32 44 47 135 4.2
1922-23 Albany NYSL 34 44 70 158 4.6
1922-23 Northampton IL 5 18 11 47 9.4
1923-24 Yonkers MBL 13 25 20 70 5.4
1923-24 Cleveland Rosenblooms Indep
1924-25 Cleveland Rosenblooms Indep
1924-25 NY Original Celtics  Indep
1925-26 Yonkers MBL 4 4 24 32 8.0
1925-26 Cleveland ABL 30 68 80 216 7.2
1925-26 Lou Gehrig All Stars
1926-27 ClevelandChicago ABL 40 61 134 256 6.4
1927-28 Chicago ABL 49 137 85 359 7.3
1928-29 ChicagoRochester ABL 38 50 37 137 3.6
1929-30 Chicago ABL 52 80 48 208 4.0
1930-31 Paterson ABL 18 35 21 91 5.1
1930-31 Bridgeton TSL 11 45 25 115 10.5
1930-31 Carbondale PSL 13 24 16 64 4.9
1931-32 Bridgeton EBL 11 15 29 59 5.4
1931-32 Brooklyn Americans Indep
1932-33 Trenton EBL 31 79 59 217 7.0
1932-33 Brooklyn Americans-Brooklyn Jewels MBL 25 43 15 101 4.0
1932-33 Dunmore PSL 8 25 9 59 7.4
1933-34 Trenton ABL 43 101 83 285 6.6
1933-34 Dunmore PSL 1 3 2 8 8.0
1934-35 Newark/New Britain Mules ABL 40 77 35 189 4.7
1934-35 Nanticoke-Freeland PSL 6 9 9 27 4.5
1934-35 Albany NYSL 2 3 1 7 3.5
1935-36 New York ABL 37 32 19 83 2.2
1935-36 Freeland PSL 2 5 1 11 5.5
1936-37 New York Jewels ABL 31 44 15 103 3.3
1936-37 Hazleton PSL 10 24 15 63 6.3
1937-38 New York Jewels ABL 23 5 5 15 0.7
1937-38 Allentown TCL 12 37 11 85 7.1
1937-38 Wilkes-Barre NYPA 1 1 1 3 3.0
1937-38 New York Hokoahs Indep
1938-39 New York ABL 17 4 2 10 0.6
1938-39 Allentown-Hamburg TCL 21 35 17 87 4.1
1938-39 Tunkhannock NYPA 2 9 0 18 9.0
1938-39 New York Yankees Indep
1939-40 Wilkes -Barre ABL 9 10 1 21 2.3
1939-40 Hamburg TCL 6 14 9 37 6.2
1939-40 New York Yankess Indep
1939-40 Washington Brewers Indep
1940-41 Voluntarily Retired
1941-42 Voluntarily Retired
1942-43 Wilmington Clippers Indep
1943-44 Brooklyn ABL 2 7 2 16 8.0
1944-45 New York ABL 7 1 0 2 0.3
1944-45 Jersey Reds Indep
Major League Totals 669 1103 921 3127 4.7
POST SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS AVG
1920-21 Easthampton IL 5 10 1 21 4.2
1921-22 Easthampton IL 3 0 1 1 0.3
1925-26 Cleveland ABL 3 8 1 17 5.7
1930-31 Bridgeton TSL 5 12 20 44 8.8
1932-33 Brooklyn Jewels MBL 1 1 0 2 2.0
1932-33 Trenton EBL 4 15 4 34 8.5
1932-33 Dunmore PSL 3 6 2 14 4.7
1933-34 Trenton ABL 6 6 1 13 2.2
1937-38 New York Jewels ABL 3 2 2 6 2.0
1938-39 New York Yankees WBT 2 3 2 3 .667 8 4.0
1939-40 Washington WBT 3 0 1 3 .333 1 0.3
Major League Totals 30 45 13 103 3.4

 

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