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YouTube Gold: Bob Pettit On How The Game Has Changed

This is both funny and wild

Bill Russell Defends Bob Pettit
BOSTON, MA - 1960: Bill Russell #6 of the Boston Celtics defends Bob Pettit #9 of the St. Louis Hawks circa 1960 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 
Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images

Bob Pettit is now 88 and if this video is current, he’s still razor sharp.

Pettit played in the NBA from 1954 to 1965 which means he played against George Mikan , Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain and also against Willis Reed in his rookie year. He was just a few years short of dealing with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

It’s really an interesting span when you think about it.

He talks about his day here and how much more brutal it was. He talks about the East-West rivalry (in his day, the Lakers had moved to LA and the Warriors to San Francisco but the West ended around Detroit otherwise) and how the All-Star Game was much more intense than it is today.

He also talks about how he likes the three point shot and the excitement that it brings the game.

The main thing that we took away from this though is that Bob Pettit looks, or at least speaks, like a man decades younger. This guy is pushing 90 and his presence is that of a guy who is in his 50s. We should all be so lucky.