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LeBron James throws down sick windmill dunk, says he’ll belong on NBA’s ‘Mount Rushmore’ (videos)


LeBron James, never short on confidence, belief in his abilities or his place eventual place among the NBA’s elite, told Steve Smith that when it’s all said and done, he will have earned a spot on NBA’s “Mount Rushmore.”

The interview, which will air on NBATV on Feb. 17 — a first tease previously was released about how LeBron and Dwyane Wade questioned their decision to team up with the Miami Heat — tells Smith who he believes are the four NBA legends currently enshrined on the league’s so-called  “Mount Rushmore” but does not say who he will supplant.

“The easy three, that we all talk about in our league, you’ve got Michael Jordan, you got Larry Bird and you’ve got Magic Johnson,” James reveals. “And I would say the fourth… wow, this is so tough. The greatest players of all time that I’d like to see on Mount Rushmore? This is not fair … Oscar Robertson. Those are my four.”

James continues.

“I’m going to be one of the top four that’s ever played this game, for sure,” LeBron 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.”

Fair enough. Given where he is now in his career and assuming it continues on a similar trajectory, even bearing in mind a likely drop-off in skill and overall success, it will be hard to argue with LeBron’s assessment that he will some day belong to be considered among the NBA’s four all-time best players.

Few players are able to take over and dominate a game like LeBron can, and the rare overall combination of speed, size, power and skill in all areas of the game have never been seen in one player before in the history of the league.

On Tuesday, James dazzled and dominated in the Heat’s 103-97 win over the Phoenix Suns. An exclamation point to his 37-point, 9-rebound, 5-steal- 3-assist performance was provided by a thunderous windmill slam on a breakaway about midway through the third quarter.

Hoo boy, that was sick, man. Dazzling, superhuman-like dunks — something LeBron can do with the best of them, as evidenced by his dunk demonstration following a recent Heat practice — certainly are insufficient criteria for to warrant LeBron being touted as deserving inclusion on the NBA’s “Mount Rushmore.” But two NBA titles (for now), and four MVP awards (for now) at only 29 years old, though? Well, that’s the good stuff.