With all the talk about NBA Mount Rushmores these days, it wouldn’t shock me if Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would be included in many peoples.
Recently, Kareem was asked about his NBA Mount Rushmore by the Los Angeles Daily News which started a conversation about LeBron James and Kareem believing that Wilt Chamberlain/Bill Russell were better players than LeBron at the current moment:
Abdul-Jabbar struggled naming his lists of the so-called “Mount Rushmore” of NBA greats. Still, Abdul-Jabbar took offense to LeBron James’ list that included himself, Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird at the expense of Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Robertson.
“LeBron James was talking about how he’s the best ever, but he never saw Wilt play,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “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. 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.”
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