The LeBron James NBA Mount Rushmore saga stubbornly refuses to die.
After Bill Russell took offense to being left off LeBron’s list, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar added fuel to the fire by saying James needs to bone up on his NBA history.
Cap acknowledges that it’s basically impossible to select the four greatest players of all time, but Russell’s exclusion is baffling to the Hall of Fame big man. Abdul-Jabbar made his feelings known Monday in Milwaukee prior to the Jazz-Bucks game.
Per the Salt Lake Tribune:
“It’s impossible,” Abdul-Jabbar said of picking just four players. “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.”
“LeBron has to re-think that,” he added. “He needs to go and do some research and watch some old film, and hopefully he’ll be impressed.”
The Hall of Famer famous for his skyhook, went on to say that the rules of today’s game are tailored to help offensive players.
“I don’t think any of the big men playing today could have coped with the big men of that era,” he said. “Wilt Chamberlain would have crushed those guys.”
Mount Rushmore enthusiasts must be so confused these days.
Sooner or later, the media will have cycled through every old NBA great for their angry take on this silly topic. So, y’know, stay tuned for that.