Bill Russell Discusses Olympic Credentials in Response to LeBron James Highlight

Former NBA player Bill Russell, right, presents Miami Heat's LeBron James with the Bill Russell MVP Award after the Heat won Game 7 of the NBA basketball championships, Friday, June 21, 2013, in Miami. The Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win their second straight NBA championship. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Don’t mess with Bill Russell.

Russell appeared to take issue with former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins, who was once teammates with LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, saying the King was the most athletic player in NBA history.

The Boston Celtics legend responded to Perkins’ tweet with a picture of him clearing a bar as a high-jumper and a clip showing off his ability as “an outstanding sprinter” with him going coast-to-coast for a dunk:

TheBillRussell @RealBillRussell

@KendrickPerkins @celtics @NBA In addition to my leaping ability, I was also an somewhat known as an outstanding sprinter. And some people may remember this : https://t.co/Am6UN7xdOT

Russell said he chose basketball over a potential career as an Olympic high-jumper when he was one of the best in the country.

That was all it took to convince Perkins:

Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins

Well I’ve been checked by an All-Time Great so sorry @KingJames I’ve had a change of heart….@RealBillRussell is the Most Athletic Player in NBA History!!! My apologies @RealBillRussell 🤣👊🏾🙌🏾💪🏾 https://t.co/6JogEGmUgG

While it is inherently difficult to compare James’ current era to the 1950s and 1960s when Russell dominated as a Hall of Famer, 11-time champion and five-time MVP, the big man made some impressive points on Tuesday.

Any discussion about the most athletic player in league history should include him.

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