Re: Bill Russell and today's athletes
posted at 12/1/2010 5:44 PM EST
In Response to Re: Bill Russell and today's athletes
[QUOTE]aciemvp Like all others on this subject you want to bring Russ's weight up to 235-240 lbs. Could it be that you don't think that Russ could compete against the present day players at 215 lbs? SeemsToMe
Posted by SeemsToMe[/QUOTE]
yes, i think russell could compete at that weight.
however, knowing russell's intensity, intelligence, unbridled desire to win, he would NEVER fall behind the league norm for training practices.
those practices happen to be vastly different today than in the 1960s. most notably, don't lose sight of the fact that 90% of the players from the late 1950s on up through the early 70's had SUMMER JOBS to make ends meet. THAT did not promote or enable a year round training schedule.
The times they have a changed, and I for one do not feel it a stretch nor an insult to simply assume that Russell would follow in those conditioning changes, if not lead the way, and therefore would have an enhanced physique to some extent.
in the modern game where your average player lifts weights a lot and is a noticable bit heavier per inch of height than forty years ago, why would russell decide to go at a competitive disadvantage in muscle bulk if you were to plug him into the modern game?
i guess you could also argue that he'd be an overpaid, moody, possibly lazy, and with a spoiled disposition if he was brought through the system now as opposed to the late 1950s, but i don't think the different eras would have changed russell's, of all people's character, much at all.