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Bill Russell is one of the most humble professional athletes the world has ever witnessed but he’s taken great offense to being left off LeBron James’ “Mount Rushmore” basketball list.

Last week, LeBron sat down with Steve Smith to name his holy grail of untouchable NBA legends parallel to the real Mount Rushmore of U.S. presidents.

After counting off Magic, Michael and Larry with the greatest of ease, ‘Bron struggled with a fourth before settling on a respectable pick by adding Oscar Robertson to the fold.

With eleven championships in the pros and a handful in the lower levels, Mr. Russell was apparently feeling some kinda way by being omitted and he let Craig Sager know it at the NBA All-Star Game in a statement read aloud.

“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.”

Not saying it wasn’t his idea but it sounds like Bill’s PR team wants to let the youth know who set the game in forward motion for all superstars of today. Especially since he just turned 80-years-young.

[Fox Sports]

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