Kareem Abdul Jabbar has criticised LeBron James' NBA Mount Rushmore selections and believes today's stars have limited perspective when it comes to the all-time greats of the NBA.
Speaking to reporters Monday night ahead of the Bucks-Jazz game, the topic of conversation switched to the NBA Mount Rushmore and Kareem wasn't shy of sharing his opinion on the matter.
Interestingly it wasn't the omission of his own name from James' list that he had issue with but that of the great Bill Russell.
Abdul-Jabbar was dumbfounded that LeBron had failed to mention the Boston Celtic hall of famer.
Kareem had this to say: "I don't know what LeBron was thinking. He didn't even see Bill Russell play. He has no idea what Bill Russell did. Eleven Championships in 13 years? Eight in a row? LeBron isn't going to get anywhere near that. I don't get it. And here he didn't want Bill Russell on his Rushmore. I think today's players have a very limited perspective on the game."
Russell didn't make the cut of the four players that James selected, his Rushmore consisted of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson.
What is important to remember is that James was put on the spot by the thought provoking question and not everyone was going to agree with his decision.
Kareem who is the NBA's all time leading point scorer could not make a stronger case to be on the list but his quarrels with LeBron's selection is due to the lack of recognition for the greatness of Bill Russell.
NBA legends may be criticising LeBron for what he has said to the media recently but they can't argue with his current level of play, the reigning MVP has been on tremendous form recently as he looks to add another NBA title to his already impressive resume.
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