Posted February 11, 2014

LeBron James says he will be one of the best ever

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LeBron James is averaging 26.3 points and 6.9 rebounds this season. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James is averaging 26.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Miami Heat forward LeBron James said that when he is done playing he will be one of the top players to ever lace up the sneakers.

In an interview set to air Monday on NBATV, James was asked who he thought would be on the NBA’s “Mount Rushmore.”

“The easy three, that we all talk about in our league, you’ve got Michael Jordan, you got Larry Bird and you’ve got Magic Johnson,” James said. “And I would say the fourth… wow, this is so tough. The greatest players of all time that I’d like to see on Mount Rushmore? This is not fair … Oscar Robertson. Those are my four.”

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James already has won four league MVP awards, is a two-time NBA champion and has two NBA Finals MVP awards in his 10 seasons in the league.

“I’m going to be one of the top four that’s ever played this game, for sure,” he said. “And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots, they’d better find another spot on that mountain. Somebody’s gotta get bumped, but that’s not for me to decide. That’s for the architects.”


27 comments
x72
x72

He probably already is the greatest to play. He'd smoke MJ in a one on one game, no way MJ could guard him.

illinois74
illinois74

I would agree with posts below about the league being softer these days than in the 80's and 90's. Defense was much more intense in the 80s and 90s, especially with Detroit and Boston. When you went into the lane in those days, you better be ready to earn it, because it could get brutal, especially in Detroit. Jordan earned many of his points the hard way. That sort of play is not allowed in modern times. 


With that in mind, I think LeBron would do fine in that era, while Kobe would struggle, because he is soft. I believe Kobe would not want any part of McHale and Parrish or Mahorn, Rodman, Sally and Laimbeer in the lane, while LeBron is physical enough to take them on and frustrate them. In fact, I wonder if LeBron would not have fit into that era even better than the one is in?

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One thing is certain about James - -  he has the largest hat size or anyone  ! ! 

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Marchoir
Marchoir

Russell, Jabbar, Bryant, and Jordan will remain ahead of James. And there's a good chance James could end up behind Durant.

JT
JT

Bill Russell and his 11 rings says hi.  There's Russell and then everyone else.

ChrisOliver
ChrisOliver

The real top four is Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem and Magic.

Donnell
Donnell

Only because there's no prime time Kobe, Jordan, Magic and Bird in the weak league to test his real skill like in the olden days.

Anybody can become great if you an exceptional player because there is no real competition. He couldn't do the things he's doing now back in the 80s decade, no way, not even in the Jordan dominated 90s and defininately not in the early 2000s when Kobe and Shaq dominated the game. 

And hell no, he's no way a better player than Kobe, who slayed giants of the game, and sometimes nearly by himself. 

JohnCampbell
JohnCampbell

funny how none of the other 3 ever had to say something like this.  

ShawnKemp
ShawnKemp

The difference: people actually liked and respected those players, Lebron. Oh, and they didn't play in the softest era of basketball ever.

FOOLKILLER
FOOLKILLER

Win another title this year and he may be the GOAT.

Rhino3
Rhino3

@x72  What?? MJ is the greatest scorer and one-on-one player of all time. LeBron has size, but he has no post game. Jordan was a straight killer and there's no way LeBron could keep in front of an explosive Jordan in his prime. Jordans craftiness, explosiveness, and intensity would be too much for LeBron. 

illinois74
illinois74

MJ was too quick for Lebron and most if all much greater determination and killer instinct. Lebron would have to post MJ up. Off topic: Team wise the Bulls of old would win in 4 staight vs the current Heat team. Rodman could frustrate Lebron, Pippen would shut down Bosch and MJ vs Wade would be no contest. Then Bulls bench was far better than Heats.

JWilliamBrown
JWilliamBrown

@x72  MJ Versus LBJ, BOTH in their PRIME? A tough f***ing battle, but no way MJ gets "smoked".  A strong choice of words there...

illinois74
illinois74

@Marchoir  


Why not just pick a top 5, since there are 5 starters. Or how about top 12 since that makes up a team. Here would be my top 12 in no order, with the thought that probably 10+ others could easily fit into the list as noted below the line. Lastly, I don't agree with rings being a judge of how great a player one might be since it is a team sport. Russell 11 rings, but he had a better all around team around him than did Jordan or many others.


Magic Johnson

Michael Jordan

Larry Bird

Kareem-Abdul Jabbar

Wilt Chamberlain

Bill Russell

Oscar Robertson

LeBron James

Kobe Brant

Tim Duncan

Jerry West

Karl Malone

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Julius Erving

Pete Maravich

Isiah Thomas

Kevin Mchale

Shaquille Oneil

Hakeem Olajuwon

Elvin Hayes

John Halicek

John Stockton

Dominique Wilkins

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@Marchoir  

are you crazy Kobe base on what? please dont say 5 rings because i will break down each ring for you... just dont want to type it out right now... ... and Durant maybe based on what? a hot month... doing things lebron has been doing all his career... 

All arpound talent... the only ones ahead of lebron right now is Magic and Oscar Robertson...

so when it said and done lebron could be the greatest, and we already decided its not the number of rings or else russell would be number1

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

@JT  11 rings in 13 seasons!!   And then there's the two, straight, NCAA rings that he  collected along the way making a total of 13 in 15 years.  I guess he hated to lose eh?  

salvaje50
salvaje50

@Donnell Kobe only won titles when he had either Shaq or Gasol next to him.  The rest of the time, he cried to ownership and asked for a trade.  Kobe didn't have to go against those great players from the 80's either.  He played against Duncan, Kidd, Iverson and Pierce to win his titles.  Great players in their time but not on the Jordan/Bird/Magic level either.

Cool
Cool

@Donnell  As an old timer I would like to believe that all my hero's growing up would wipe out all these new guys who are so mouthy. but then I wake up to a dose of reality.. I know that today's players are better conditioned, better trained, better coached, then my old hero's.  Anyone saying that Michael Jordan would be as dominant in today's NBA is delusional.. times have changed and the game has changed. 

salvaje50
salvaje50

@JohnCampbell They didn't have the internet then and twitter and all the media attention that players have these days.  Much different era then.

myhandlerules
myhandlerules

@salvaje50 @DonnellAnd LeBron only won titles with Wade and Bosh. What's your point? Name one great player who did it without a solid supporting cast.