I know what you’re thinking.
“Not another NBA Mount Rushmore!”
“I’m biased because I made up my mind about the all-time best NBA players when I was 15 years old,” Erving said. “So, I have tremendous respect for all the players I played with and against – Jerry’s generation, the Michael-Magic-Bird trilogy, Kobe, one of the all-time greatest, LeBron will be [one of the all-time greatest …] But on my Mount Rushmore? I got Jerry West and Oscar Robertson in the back court – that ain’t changing. I got Elgin Baylor in the front court with Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.
“That’s my team, so that’s my Mount Rushmore,” Erving added. “And y’all can decide whether it’s four or five [players], or whatever. But I’ve been claiming that five for 45-years plus.
For reference, the Mount Rushmores of some of today’s NBA stars:
|LeBron James||Michael Jordan||Larry Bird||Magic Johnson||Oscar Robertson|
|Kevin Durant||Michael Jordan||Larry Bird||Magic Johnson||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar|
|Kobe Bryant||Michael Jordan||Larry Bird||Magic Johnson||Bill Russell|