Kobe Bryant picked his NBA Mount Rushmore on Sunday night at the All-Star Game.
The Los Angeles Lakers star went with Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Bill Russell.
“I would say Magic, Bird, Michael, and Russell,” Bryant said during a news conference before Sunday’s All-Star Game. “That’s impossible to do four, though, man. Come on. That’s crazy. That’s tough. Absolutely tough.”
Russell’s 11 NBA titles as a player are more than anyone else.
Kevin Durant was also asked for his Mount Rushmore, he went with: Jordan, Magic, Bird and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
“If I had a four, it would be Michael, Larry, Magic and Kareem,” Durant said, via Point Forward. “[Abdul-Jabbar is] the all-time leader in points. How many championships does he got? Multiple championships. MVPs. He’s got it all. As far as accolades and championships, he’s got it all.”
Abdul-Jabbar remains the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points, and won six titles, six MVP awards and was a 19-time All-Star during his Hall of Fame career.
LeBron James’ question from NBATV’s Steve Smith started the whole Mount Rushmore talk.
James, a two-time NBA champion and four-time MVP, went with Jordan, Bird, Magic and Oscar Robertson.
Robertson is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season (1961-62).
“I’m going to be one of the top four that’s ever played this game, for sure,” James said. “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.”