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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: LeBron James has a lot to prove

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Earlier this year LeBron James was asked to name his basketball 'Mount Rushmore'.

The Miami Heat star chose Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and himself as his all-time greats, and his choices are continuing to stir debate.

And the latest former player to criticise the Heat man's five man team is bonafide NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The man with the most ever points in the NBA was far from impressed with LeBron's admission of some legendary players:

"LeBron James was talking about how he's the best ever.

"He never saw Wilt Chamberlain play. If he had, he wouldn't say that. Whenever he averages 55 points a game, then I might want to listen to what he has to say.

Chamberlain is widely considered as one of the best to play the game, and was named league MVP four times between 1958-1973 and perhaps rightly deserves a place amongst the elite.

But Abdul-Jabbar didn't stop there:

"I'm not trying to put LeBron down. He's awesome. He's the best player in this era at this point.

"But he didn't see Bill Russell play. When his team wins eight consecutive NBA championships, maybe I'll compare him to Bill Russell.

"Until then, he has to prove a few things. I don't want to put LeBron down. He's awesome...but there's a lot more to that," said the 66-year old.

At present LeBron has just the two NBA titles, and while he is seeking the 'three-peat' for the Miami Heat this year, it is unlikely anyone will ever manage the eight consecutive championships Russell obtained.

While Kareem has a point that the younger generation of basketball stars tend to forget the stars from bygone eras, LeBron can feel a little hard done by that his choices continue to garner criticism.

Especially considering the fact that you would be hard pressed to find any two people who have come up with identical 'Mt. Rushmores' since.

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