Originally Posted by KevinNYC
But Auerbach went after Russell because he recognized that Russell already HAD what it took to win before he came to the Celtics. His mindset already matched Auerbach's that winning as team was more important than individual achievements. Chamberlain, as even his supporters acknowledge, had some growing up to do before he became a great teammate. If you check out that NBA Basketballography - Bill Russell link that was just posted on the forum, Russell's "need to win" was described as neurotic. Chamberlain used to say his life was richer than Russell's for this reason.
There's a good chance that Auerbach and Wilt would been fighting from day 1.
There's also the possibility that Red 'may' have gotten Wilt to adopt more of a team approach as opposed to Wilt putting up 50 points and 25 rebounds, maybe
. It's all just speculation at the end.