Kobe Bryant selects his NBA Mount Rushmore

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Since Miami Heat superstar LeBron James first claimed that he will inevitably make the NBA's 'Mount Rushmore' as one of the four greatest players in history shortly prior to All-Star weekend, the basketball world has been in frantic discussion about just who else would deserve such recognition.

Los Angeles Lakers stalwart Kobe Bryant, who himself would perhaps merit inclusion in the discussion, has now had his say on the debate - and his picks probably won't come as too much of a surprise to anyone who knows anything about the game.

"I would say Magic, Bird, Michael, and Russell," he told reporters prior to Sunday's All-Star game in a press conference that was quoted by ESPN.

The first three must surely be considered as locks for such a list and Bryant, who didn't mention James coincedentally, rounded things off with Boston Celtics icon Russell who won 11 NBA championships and earned 12 All-Star berths during an illustrious 13-year career in Massachusetts.

However, despite eventually naming his four, Bryant was keen to point out just how difficult a task it is to narrow such a list of legendary names to just four.

"That's impossible to do four, though, man. Come on. That's crazy. That's tough. Absolutely tough," he added.

The 63rd All-Star game in New Orleans took place on Sunday night, with the Eastern Conference outwitting their talented Western Conference counterparts 163-155 at the newly-christened Smoothie King Center.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was named MVP after scoring 31 points and racking up 14 assists.

Who would make your NBA Mount Rushmore? Would you pick LeBron or Kobe? Let us know below...

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