Bill Russell thanked/roasted LeBron James for leaving him off his NBA Mount Rushmore
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Tonight on NBATV will be the airing of the controversial interview with LeBron James that has made Mount Rushmore into a trending topic. In a snippet released last week, James was asked about his Mt Rushmore of NBA greats.
“The easy three, that we all talk about in our league, you’ve got Michael Jordan, you got Larry Bird and you’ve got Magic Johnson,” LeBron said. “And I would say the fourth… wow, this is so tough. The greatest players of all time that I’d like to see on Mount Rushmore? This is not fair … Oscar Robertson. Those are my four.”
“I’m going to be one of the top four that’s ever played this game, for sure,” he said. “And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots, they’d better find another spot on that mountain. Somebody’s gotta get bumped, but that’s not for me to decide. That’s for the architects.”
His top 4 and his comment about one day bumping one of them off the mountain drew a response from everybody but the most interesting response came from the great Bill Russell who was honored and wished a happy birthday during Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. Russell supposedly told LeBron before the game,
‘Hey, thank you for leaving me off your Mount Rushmore.’ He 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 championships in college, I won an NBA championship my first year in the league, an NBA championship in my last year, nine in between. And that, Mr. James, is etched in stone.”
I think Bill deserves his own mountain.