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Phil Jackson says enough with NBA Mount Rushmores

by Erik Horne Published: February 18, 2014
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Mount Rushmore, photographed about 9 a.m. on a July day. PHOTO BY TAYLOR BENNETT ORG XMIT: KOD
Mount Rushmore, photographed about 9 a.m. on a July day. PHOTO BY TAYLOR BENNETT ORG XMIT: KOD

The en vogue question in the NBA is “Who’s on your Mount Rushmore?” Everyone from LeBron James to Kevin Durant to Kobe Bryant has been asked the question.

“If you could pick the four greatest players of all-time, who would they be?”

Well, legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson says enough is enough.

 

Jackson had a chance to coach the most prominent figure on the Mount (Michael Jordan), and played against some potential Mount Rushmorians in his 14-year career. Jackson was a part of New York Knicks championship teams in 1970 and 1973 that are glamorized as the embodiment of team basketball, so you can kind of see his gripe about the five-man game being pigeon-holled into a four-man discusssion.

The ultimate champion, 11-time title winner Bill Russell, said he’s happy LeBron left him off his Mount Rushmore. So there’s that, too.


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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