Here’s Boston.com reporting on a fun interaction between NBA legend Bill Russell and retired player Kendrick Perkins:
Bill Russell led the Celtics to 11 NBA championships, and also won a 1956 gold medal with the U.S. men’s basketball team. He’s also not afraid to make his own case when the discussion of “most athletic player in NBA history” is brought up.
After fellow former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins tweeted his opinion that LeBron James is the league’s most athletic player ever, Russell responded.
“In ’56 I could have made the Olympics in high jump but turned it down to play basketball instead,” Russell reminded Perkins.
While a student at the University of San Francisco, Russell competed in several track and field events, excelling in the 400 meters and the high jump…
Perkins reacted to Russell with a new realization: He agreed.