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Lakers going unorthodox and running out a super duper small lineup against the Celtics in the 1966 Finals.(Boston Globe, April 18, 1966)Via @ProHoopsHistory
Russell is an explosive 6'9" center who can guard basically everyone on the floor and is an underrated passer. People who says he won't thrive on the modern NBA doesn't know what they are talking about.
As Russell pointed out in his tweet, he was a standout track and field athlete, particularly in the high jump. In his graduation year in 1956, Russell was ranked as the 7th best high-jumper in the world. One of his highest jumps occurred at the West Coast Relays, where he achieved a mark of 6 feet 9 1⁄4 inches (2.06 m). At the meet, Russell tied Charlie Dumas, who would later in the year both win gold in the Melbourne Olympics for the United States and become the first human to high-jump 7 feet (2.13 m).Keep in mind Russell didn’t use the technique you can see today, where the jumpers leap and land on their back (the Fosbury Flop high-jump). We can only speculate what would’ve been his personal best if he did, but we know it would’ve been much better. Russell also competed in the 440 yards (402.3 m) race, which he could complete in 49.6 seconds.