“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.”When I tweeted this, Charles P. Pierce replied: "He sent that back like it was a weak-ass Walt Bellamy hook."
Lebron's too used to pushover NBA centers today. Would love to watch him drive the lane on Russ in his prime. And, among other things, Russ averaged over 22 rebounds per game in his career--and a staggering 24.9 per game in his 165 playoff games. Led league in bounds four times--even though Wilt was also in the league. In an eleven-year period he never finished lower than 4th in MVP voting. In same period he was the #1 defensive player--based both on stats and observation--in the league. In the 1961 playoffs, he averaged 29.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 19.9 points. I'm old enough to have watched him play, on TV, dozens of times. Lebron might re-shuffle his pantheon if he'd ever played him.