‘King James’ names Jordan, Bird and Johnson as his top three.
Miami Heat star LeBron James has insisted that by the time he ends his NBA career, he will be one of the “top four that’s ever played”.
The 29-year-old made the bold statement during an interview which is set to aired on NBA TV during All-Star weekend, with the former Cleveland ace discussing various aspects of his career thus far.
When asked for his personal top three NBA stars of all time, James selected Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, while he chose Oscar Robertson as his fourth choice.
However, the two-time NBA champion believes that he will become one of the top four when he calls time on his career, although Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin insists that the order will change for everyone you ask.
“I’m going to be one of the top four that’s ever played this game, for sure,” James said, as reported by ESPN.
“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.”
James has now won two straight championships, has two Finals MVP awards, four MVP awards, seven All NBA First-Team selections, five times on the NBA All Defensive Team and he is set for his 10th All-Star Game this weekend in New Orleans.
Despite falling behind the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference, Miami are still expected to be a significant threat in the post-season and will be focused on securing a third consecutive title.
While opinion and debate will always offer various different lists with respect to the greatest player of all time, should James continue to win championships and individual awards, it will be difficult to disagree with his statement.