Shaquille O’Neal removes himself, puts in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Lakers’ Mt. Rushmore
Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t mind giving his spot on the Lakers’ Mt. Rushmore to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
In a recent episode of ESPN’s “First Take,” Shaq, Max Kellerman, and Ryan Hollins talked about the players who should be included on LA’s Mt. Rushmore. They all agreed that Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, and Jerry West should be on there. With one spot left, O’Neal, who won three championships with the Purple and Gold and was considered the most dominant center in the league, said Kareem should get it:
— First Take (@FirstTake) June 18, 2019
Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with over 38,000 points. He also won five championships with Los Angeles, which is probably some of the reasons why Shaq put Kareem over him in the Mount Rushmore conversation.
Shaq also said that if LeBron James wants to be on the Lakers’ Mount Rushmore, he should win three straight titles with the team. Meanwhile, Hollins said that the four-time MVP should already be considered as one of the four best Lakers players ever, despite no real accomplishments with the franchise up to this point.
Well, things could change for LeBron. Los Angeles just acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans and are trying to position themselves for another top-tier free agent this summer. Even if the Lakers don’t pick up another star, they should be one of the favorites in a wide-open league.
It might only be a matter of time before LeBron is in the discussion for LA’s Mt. Rushmore.