Bill Russell puts Lebron James in his place

Shots fired. Shots fired.  Boston Celtics Legend and Hall of Famer Bill Russell expressed his feeling towards LeBron James Mount Rushmore picks of all-time greats.  During All-Star Weekend, James went ahead and named his players and to the dismay of Russell, he was not named by James.

James picks were, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson.  Only four players?  There is five and James made sure to let everyone know that he would "for sure" be one of the top four whom have ever played the game.

Sunday evening during the All-Star Game, Craig Sager read a quote from Russell whom gave his response to James' Mount Rushmore picks.

(H/T Fox Sports)

“Hey, thank you for leaving me off your Mount Rushmore. I’m glad you did. Basketball is a team game, it’s not for individual honors. I won back-to-back state championships in high school, back-to-back NCAA championships in college. I won an NBA championship my first year in the league, an NBA championship in my last year, and nine in between. That, Mr. James, is etched in stone.”

Just like that, Mr. Russell put LeBron in his place. 

Looking at the list of players that LeBron mentioned, one can only look and see that the best power forward of all-time is missing from this list.  San Antonio Spurs own Tim Duncan and a furture Hall of Famer of his own should be somewhere on this list. 

Duncan has proven at his age that he still can compete at the highest level.  The lost of explosion, and his moves seemed to be moving at a snails pace, Duncan night in and night out proves his worth.

With the talks of Mount Rushmore rising, this has only drawn more interest in whom many would feel could be apart of the Spurs Mount Rushmore.  ESPN has given their list for each NBA team, which Scoop Jackson entaled that Tim Duncan, George Gervin, David Robinson and Sean Elliot would be atop of the Spurs' Mount Rushmore.

San Antonio Sports radio Ticket 760 gave their own version of Spurs' Mount Rushmore: Gregg Poppovich, David Robinson, Tim Duncan and George Gervin.

Lets hear from you Spurs fans.  Whom would you put atop of Spurs' Mount Rushmore?


Michael Rehome

About Michael Rehome

Michael grew up in a Military family and has spent most of his life in San Antonio Texas. Married with two daughters of his own he grew up as many being a Chicago Bulls fan but grew to love the San Antonio Spurs and what their system and organization is all about. When he is not at home with this wife and kids or writing about the Spurs, he spends his time playing pick-up basketball with his friends. One time editor of Fansided Networks San Antonio Spurs blog Air Alamo, before joining the staff at Project Spurs.