Mamba insists that it is a “tough” decision to make and inevitable someone is left out.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has been drawn into the Mount Rushmore conversation and has offered his picks of the four NBA stars he would choose.
Four days ago, it was revealed that Miami Heat star LeBron James believes he will one day go down as one of the four best players to have ever played in the NBA.
While Bryant stopped short of naming himself on the list, he did reveal his four picks during an in-game interview in the All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday night.
“I would say Magic, Bird, Michael, and Russell,” Bryant said. “That’s impossible to do four, though, man. Come on. That’s crazy. That’s tough. Absolutely tough.”
James, a two-time NBA champion and four-time MVP, said he believes that he will be remembered as one of the game’s all-time greats by the time he finishes his career, although he didn’t specify which player he would replace.
However, he did have Oscar Robertson as his fourth choice, the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season, while Russell has more NBA titles (11) as a player than anyone else.
His comments have sparked debate this week, with various figures in the NBA revealing their top four, with the majority failing to recognise James at this point.
The 29-year-old’s full interview is set for broadcast on NBA TV on Monday night as the All-Star weekend events draw to a close, with the Heat star helping the Eastern Conference All-Stars to a 163-155 victory on Sunday night.
Bryant was missing from the game as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, but it is hoped that he will make a return to action sooner rather than later.