So you’ve seen freakish athletes like Dwight Howard and LeBron James and think “there’s no way in hell those players from the 60s could compete with these guys.” Well, you’ve clearly never seen any footage of Bill Russell.
Recently released footage of Bill Russell in college playing for the San Francisco Dons reveals exactly how athletic the 11-time NBA champion was.
The clip below shows the 6’10″ Russell emphatically grabbing a rebound, taking 6 dribbles while zooming by defenders, and skying over a last defender en route to a beautiful left-handed finger roll.
Russell took off about 2 steps within the free throw line, and his head was well above the rim as he soared through the air.
Bill Russell is the winningest NBA player of all-time with 11 NBA championships, 2 NCAA championships, and a gold medal for the United States in the 1956 Olympics. He racked up 5 NBA MVP awards in the process, while averaging 15.1 points per game and 22.5 rebounds per game over his entire career.
Don’t be naïve, and respect your elders! The greats could ball in any era.
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