Boston Celtic’s legend Bill Russell has hit back in style to LeBron James’s Mount Rushmore comments.
LeBron named Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson as the four icons who deserve a place on NBA’s equivalent of the famous landmark, before adding that he too will become one of the four best players in the sport’s history.
However, this arrogance hasn’t gone down too well with everyone, including 80-year-old Russell.
When asked during Sunday’s All-Star game whether he had a message for LeBron for omitting him from his list, the 11-time NBA champion said: “Hey, thank you for leaving me off your Mount Rushmore. 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, and nine in between. That, Mr. James, is etched in stone.”
Russell makes a very good point: where would LeBron be without all the great players he had teamed up alongside during his career?
However, would Russell have been so devastatingly cutting had James included him on his Mount Rushmore?