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Palms sweaty, nerves tense, Chris P. steps to the screen. Eyes fixed intently on the 1080p HDTV in front of him.  Chris steps back, fires the first question at 12-time All-Star legend and NBA champion Bill Russell. Swish.  Sixty minutes and a lifetime’s worth of basketball knowledge later, Cisco made good on introducing Chris in Los Angeles with Bill Russell hundreds of miles away in his home via Cisco ūmi home telepresence.

You may recall Chris was the winner of our recent NBA Sweepstakes in which our online fans and followers got the opportunity to enter to win the chance of a lifetime – meet Bill Russell live via Cisco ūmi.  We got the chance to catch up with Chris and hear what he had to say about the experience.  For starters, Chris had the same experience that many others have when they first try out ūmi. “I didn’t even realize I was in his house until he moved around and I saw the photos on his wall.”  On the man himself, Chris was effusive with praise, noting “He was very easy to talk to and makes you feel like he’s someone you’ve talked to before. Very casual.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvjhJobcc9Y

And what was Bill’s advice to Chris?  Well, if I were a basketball coach you might consider stopping right here. “Just because a coach is saying something, doesn’t mean you should listen. Coaches always said stay on your feet play defense.  But it’s because he jumped a lot that he became such a great defender and innovative player.”

Going against conventional wisdom to innovate and achieve greatness…sound like a ūmi story to me.

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