How would Russell do in today's NBA?

How would Russell do in today's NBA?
February 17, 2014, 3:45 pm
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LeBron James is presented with the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP award by the man himself.

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If Bill Russell played in today's NBA, how would he stack up against LeBron James?

LeBron James has done it now. He left Bill Russell off of his Mt. Rushmore of all-time great basketball players. Inexcusable, right?

Of course. But do you think Russell cares? Here's how he responded when he saw James during All-Star weekend in New Orleans.

“Hey, thank you for leaving me off your Mt. Rushmore," Russell said. "I’m glad you did. Basketball is a team game. It’s not for individual honors. I won back to back state championships in high school. Back to back NCAA champsionships in college. I won an NBA Championship my 1st year in the league. An NBA championship my last year. Nine in between. And that Mr. James is etched in stone.”

Count another win for Russell.

Their recent encounter begs the question, though: How would Russell do if he played in this era? Given the same training, nutrition, etc. as today's stars, what kind of player would Russell be?

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