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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 04:54

Bill Russell has strong words for LeBron James

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LeBron James has made some noise over the course of the past week by releasing his hypothetical NBA Mount Rushmore, and someone finally has something to say about it.

James told NBA TV before NBA All-Star weekend took place in New Orleans that his Mount Rushmore was Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. Kobe Bryant was asked to give his fab-four list after James' made waves, and there was only one change. That change was that Kobe listed Bill Russell and not Oscar Robertson.

And the best part is - the 11-time NBA champion had something to say about the situation.

Russell reportedly had these words for TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager during Sunday's All-Star events:

"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."

James responded Monday, saying that he respected all that Russell did for the game. He wouldn't, however, address the 80-year-old's comments. 

"For me to comment on his comments, it doesn't really matter to me. He has his own opinions. He's his own man and I'm my own man, too."

James then made it clear once again that his Mount Rushmore list was simply a personal goal, adding that he thinks he can one day be in the top tier of players he listed.