Building the Ultimate NBA Mount Rushmore

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Building the Ultimate NBA Mount Rushmore
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The faces of NBA legends stick with us for a long time. 

However, only a select few are legendary enough to grace the four coveted spots on the hypothetical NBA Mount Rushmore. The imaginary monument is much more exclusive than the Hall of Fame, because only a quartet of players who made a positive impact on and off the court are able to earn featured placement. 

So, who takes the places of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt in the basketball version? 

Are any current players on it? Is it comprised solely of mythologized figures from the past? 

LeBron James tackled the topic during an interview with NBA TV that will air on Feb. 17 at 9 p.m. ET, and you'll see a snippet in a little bit. The video went viral, sparking a brand-new debate about which four legends deserve the spots. That was only one man's take, as is this, but we're delving deeper into the subject than anyone. 

Not only will I break down LeBron's selections, providing a bit of context in the process, but I'll look at the players who just barely miss out, as well as the current greats who could one day move up into the pantheon of legends. 

This is the ultimate breakdown of NBA Mount Rushmore. 

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