We all know LeBron James is a great basketball player and hes not shy about making sure we know, either.
In a 60-minute interview that will air Monday on NBA TV at 6 p.m., James talks about his relationship with Heat teammate Dwyane Wade, how the Thunders Kevin Durant motivates him, his championships and his legacy.
When asked who he would put on his Mount Rushmore the four greatest players of all time he quickly names Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. And I would say the fourth ... wow, this is so tough. ... Oscar Robertson. Those are my four.
Then James says he will be there, too Im going to be one of the top four thats ever played this game, for sure but he refuses to say who he would replace. Somebodys gotta get bumped, James says, but thats not for me to decide.
James, 29, a four-time MVP and two-time NBA champ, might play another 10 years, so he has time to build on his legacy. With two or three more titles and perhaps another MVP award, James certainly would be in the Mount Rushmore conversation.
But James seems to have forgotten the big men Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and one of the greatest players of this generation, Kobe Bryant. Others could make the case for Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Julius Erving, Shaquille ONeal and others.
Perhaps James is right when he says they better find another spot on that mountain or maybe a few more because its nearly impossible to pick the four greatest basketball players of all time, especially when they come from different eras.
Should LeBron James
be on the NBAs Mount Rushmore ?
• Yes, he will go down as one of the best.
• No, there are too many better players.
• Its still too early to say.
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