Kobe Bryant says Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Bill Russell are on his NBA Mount Rushmore

Kobe's "NBA Mount Rushmore" differs slightly from LeBron's

2/17/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant speaks during a press conference before the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsRecently, LeBron James was asked who would be on his "Mount Rushmore" of the NBA. He said that right now, it would include Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson, but that he planned on joining that top 4 before his career was over.

When Kobe Bryant was asked the same thing, he made no mention of himself. He also had a similar group of 4 players, including 3 of the same ones (Johnson, Bird and Jordan).

The only difference was that Kobe included Bill Russell instead of Oscar Robertson.

This is somewhat telling, since there's a huge difference in the respective legacies of Robertson and Russell.

Russell is known as one of the all-time greatest winners in all of sports. He won 11 championships with the Celtics, and was more than just a dominant individual force.

Robertson, on the other hand, never won a championship. He is, however, the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season.

Kobe Bryant chose the player who won more than anyone in NBA history. LeBron James chose the player with one of the best single season statistical accomplishments in NBA history.

Interesting, to say the least. It seems to say an awful lot about where their individual priorities lie.
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