The other day, LeBron James made some glib comment about the "Mount Rushmore of the NBA," putting himself on it (because that's how he rolls these days). Putting aside any snarky feelings I have towards his comments, I do think the topic is a fun debate. The folks at SBNation agreed and they asked all the team bloggers to come up with individual team Mount Rushmores.
My immediate response was "we're going to need a bigger mountain for Boston." You see, in my opinion it is impossible to narrow it down to just 4 players. But for the sake of discussion over this All Star break, I'll open this up to debate.
Who would be on your Boston Celtics Mount Rushmore?
Obviously this is subjective by nature, but I'm going to assume that we have to put Bill Russell and Larry Bird on there to start. After that, it gets much harder. Think of the names. Here's a few.
- Bob Cousy
- Tommy Heinsohn
- John Havlicek
- Dave Cowens
- Kevin McHale
- Robert Parish
- Paul Pierce
- Kevin Garnett
- Sam Jones
- Jo Jo White
- Nate (Tiny) Archibald
Obviously there's more from the history books but you have to stop the list somewhere.
More recently, I think it is too early in Rajon Rondo's career to put him on here but he might have a shot someday. Ray Allen isn't on this list in part because he wasn't here long and in part because of the way he left.
Narrowing it down might boil down to what era you grew up with as well. I'm a child of the 80's so McHale and Parish are high on my list. The older generations might lean more toward Cousy and Hondo. The younger generation might point to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
For the purposes of this exercise, I'm going strictly with players (just to make it that hard). Obviously if you included coaches and other non-players then Red would be there for sure. Maybe Walter Brown would be a good choice too. Tommy would get a boost for his coaching and broadcasting careers. Shoot, you might even make an argument for Danny Ainge (though I don't think I'd put him above others).
I don't really think there's a right or wrong answer here but it will be fun to see what people come up with.