LeBron James: I will be one of the top four players in NBA history
LeBron James confidently believes that he will be one of the top four players in NBA history by the time he’s done with his career. He’s so confident about his place in history he says historians will have to make a place for him on the metaphorical “Mount Rushmore” of NBA greats.
NBA TV on Tuesday rolled out another promotional clip from LeBron’s interview with Steve Smith. The previous clip was LeBron admitting he had some doubts in his first season with the Miami Heat. In this one, LeBron was asked to name his Mount Rushmore.
LeBron put Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson on there, and then named Oscar Robertson as his fourth player. I’m pretty surprised he left Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain off the list, but that’s his call. Anyway, the good part isn’t who LeBron included on his list, but how he believes he fits in.
Smith asked if LeBron believes he’ll be up there with those players when his career is over.
“Yeah. Because I’m going to be one of the top four who’s ever played this game. For sure. If they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots, they better find another spot on there. Somebody gotta get bumped.”
When asked who he’d bump off the list, LeBron didn’t have an answer.
“That’s not for me to decide. That’s for the architects to decide.”
Again, I think it’s pretty tough to do a top four list and leave Wilt and Kareem off, but that’s all opinion. I do think LeBron is going to win at least two more championships and will undoubtedly have the resume to go down with the game’s greats when all is said and done.