Bill Russell turned 80 last week, but age is no indicator of the Boston Celtics legend’s ability to dish out a quick response to LeBron James.
Amid the 2014 NBA All-Star Game media hype, James listed his Mount Rushmore of all-time league greats. He included Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. He also went on to add in true King James fashion that he “for sure” will be one of the top four who has ever played the game.
Russell had an answer for James’ claim, and sideline reporter Craig Sager read Russell’s response during Sunday’s game.
“Hey, thank you for leaving me off your Mount Rushmore,” he said. “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.”
In just a few sentences, the most decorated winner in NBA history proved he still packs a punch on and off the court.
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