One of the NBA's best players of all time stole the show at the NBA Awards Monday. Bill Russell, the game's greatest champion, flipped the bird to another league legend, Charles Barkley, after Barkley paid homage to him.

As for Russell's explanation of why he gave Barkley the finger? It was incredible.

It was a joke, of course—there's no real bad blood between the two. Viewers got a kick out of the interaction.

The awards show featured James Harden winning MVP and Ben Simmons winning Rookie of the Year, among other honors. Check out a recap of the event here.