Originally Posted by CavaliersFTW
Bill Russell never worked on basketball in the off season either, for the exact same reasons Barkley stated (to prevent burnout and to recover mentally/physically). God what a loser he turned out to be.
Different/weaker era, hard to compare. Correct me if I'm wrong: Did elite players back then have careers outside of basketball during downtime/off-season?
Also, lets not act like Russell wasn't a sub 45 FG% big man that barely scored over double digits.