Watch vintage Bill Russell leap player at free throw line (VIDEO)

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There’s a perception that today’s athletes are so much better than years past that it’s not a fair comparison. And in honesty, the average NBA player now is taller, faster and better conditioned than the players of eras gone by.

But if you think the elite players back in the day would fall short in today’s NBA, you are mistaken.

As proof, check out this vintage Bill Russell footage from when he played at the University of San Francisco, grabbing the rebound, leading the break, leaping over a guy at the free throw line, hanging in the air and making the lay-up. Tell me again how he wouldn’t fit in today’s NBA (more as a four than a five, but still)?

Great find by Red’s Army, which posted this first (it sense has started to pop up a few places).