Current and former NBA players often get asked questions, like who is their greatest basketball player of all time, their dream lineup, or what the Mt. Rushmore of NBA players is. It's always fun to see legends get their props, but it often creates for discussions or even arguments, which overshadows the original point. That's why when Kareem got asked this type of question, he knew better than to do the usual thing.
Too many roses to give
A few years ago, the legendary NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did an interview with Chris Broussard on his show and shared a few gems from his illustrious career and life. When Chris asked Kareem if he has an Mt. Rushmore of NBA players, Jabbar simply answered in the most politically correct way possible:
"No. I have a pantheon. The circle has to keep getting bigger because it's more and more great players coming through that deserve to be in the circle. I just try to acknowledge everybody and let the people that go to sports bars they can argue about it. They order their wings and their brews, and they can start arguing. But we're not gonna figure this one out. Can't figure it out!"
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, In The Zone with Chris Broussard
Kareem proved with his answer that he is a true class-act and gentleman. A majority of NBA players would just name your usual suspects like Jordan, LeBron, Kobe, Magic, etc., but Cap didn't want to leave anyone out and possibly hurt them.
Instead, he emphasized how many great players there have been through the lengthy history of the league, sharing his props for everyone instead of a couple of individuals—a type of answer you rarely see when this question is asked.
As someone who very often finds himself on the lists of the greatest players, Kareem has every right to big himself up and enhance his legacy, but being the humble and genuine personality he is, Kareem shies away from putting anyone on too much of a pedestal, let alone himself.